Good timing

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 10:20 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- The Winnipeg Blue Bombers might be meeting the Toronto Argonauts at just the right time.

Or perhaps it's the other way around.

The Bombers, who lost quarterback Kevin Glenn to an ankle injury last night, will take on the struggling Argos in the East Division semifinal next Sunday afternoon at Rogers Centre in Toronto, with the winner moving on to face the Alouettes in Montreal in the division final on Nov. 12.

Glenn suffered a sprained left ankle, but its severity wasn't known at press time last night.

The Bombers had a two-game winning streak snapped last night by the B.C. Lions, while the Argos go into the post-season on a two-game losing skid after blowing a 16-8 half-time lead yesterday and falling 24-20 to the Alouettes at Rogers Centre.

Winnipeg beat Toronto in two of three meetings during the regular season, but each game featured a backup quarterback. The Bombers won twice against Toronto's Spergon Wynn early in the campaign, while the Argos squeaked out a win over Winnipeg's Mike Quinn on Aug. 25. Quinn was cut three days later.

Bombers GM Brendan Taman, who was at Rogers Centre yesterday scouting the Montreal-Toronto contest, said the Argos are still a tough opponent despite their recent struggles.

NO OFFENCE

Toronto got absolutely no offence in a 13-9 loss to Saskatchewan last Friday, and it went cold again yesterday in the second half. The only bright spot was quarterback Damon Allen's touchdown toss to former Bomber slotback Arland Bruce III in the second quarter.

"I just know Arland Bruce III, Tony Miles and their running game -- I know Montreal did a good job in the second half, but they're still dangerous if they click," Taman said yesterday afternoon. "And their defence is still good.

"It's not going to be easy."

Miles didn't play yesterday due to a foot injury, but Taman said he expects him to be ready to play the Bombers.

Offensive lineman Jerome Davis will likely return from a rib injury as well.

As for the Bombers, left tackle Garrick Jones likely won't play next weekend because he is back in Texas attending to personal issues, while left guard Matt Sheridan (viral infection) and cornerback Stanford Samuels (ankle) should be ready to return.

Defensive tackle Doug Brown also left last night's game in the second quarter with what the team called an "upper-body" injury.

LATE HITS: The last time Winnipeg and Toronto met in the playoffs was in 1991. The Argos hammered Darryl Rogers' Bomber squad 42-3 in the East Division final at SkyDome. The last time Winnipeg and Toronto squared off in the East semifinal was in 1989. That year, head coach Mike Riley led the Blue and Gold to a 30-7 win.


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