Kevin Glenn is going to rub some dirt on his aching ankle and get back in the game.
The CFL post-season, after all, is no time for sissies.
"I will be playing this week," the Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback vowed yesterday.
Glenn suffered a sprained left ankle on his first pass attempt in Winnipeg's 26-16 loss to the B.C. Lions on Saturday night in Vancouver, and it looked as if his season might have been over the way he had to be helped off the field.
'NO IFS, ANDS, BUTS'
That wasn't the case after the game, however, as Glenn said nothing is going to stop him from leading the Bombers (9-9) into their East Division semifinal against the Toronto Argonauts (10-8) this Sunday at Rogers Centre.
"This is a playoff game next week, so no ifs, and or buts," Glenn said Saturday night. "I'm playing."
Although he shuffled slowly through the Winnipeg airport yesterday, Glenn said his ankle felt better when he woke up yesterday morning in Vancouver.
The real test will come tomorrow when the Bombers return to the practice field to prepare for their first playoff game since 2003.
"He's optimistic, so I can only tell you that," Winnipeg head coach Doug Berry said yesterday afternoon. "Nobody knows somebody's body better than that person. Kevin says to me today, 'I'm playing,' so that's good news.
"We'll see in a couple days whether or not he's able to practise. But right now he's very optimistic."
And that news probably makes Bomber fans optimistic, too, because third-stringer Ryan Dinwiddie and backup Brad Banks weren't able to get much going on Saturday night in relief of Glenn.
Dinwiddie, who was making his CFL debut, completed 11 of 24 attempts for 24 yards and a touchdown but served up three interceptions in the last 2:15 of the first half that the Lions turned into two touchdowns.
"I did all right," Dinwiddie said. "I made some good throws and did some good things, but at the same time I did a lot of rookie, first-game mistakes.
"Turning the ball over in the last three minutes of the half was a killer."
Banks, meanwhile, looked better than he did earlier this season, making good on seven of 15 passes for 75 yards, a touchdown and a pick. He said he felt better, too.
"Yeah, because I've had a lot of reps with the offence since then, so now everything just kind of comes to me," Banks said. "I'm feeling better and trying to do better."
Perhaps it was a case of whistling through the graveyard, but at least one Bomber believes their fate this week doesn't rest entirely on Glenn anyway.
"Kevin Glenn won't be the key to beating the Argos," right guard Mike Abou-Mechrek said. "No. 1 (Charles Roberts) will be.
"But hopefully Kevin will be back. Tape him up. You gotta play."
Slotback Milt Stegall said Glenn has been an inspiration this season.
"Kevin's tough," Stegall said. "He's been through a lot, he's playing with a knee injury, and hopefully we're gonna get through this."