Praying for QB

Bombers quarterback Kevin Glenn. (SUN/Brian Donogh)

Bombers quarterback Kevin Glenn. (SUN/Brian Donogh)

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 1:40 PM ET

Winnipeg GM Brendan Taman was pessimistic.

Head coach Doug Berry was cautiously optimistic.

But both were praying that quarterback Kevin Glenn will be able to start when the Blue Bombers play the Argonauts in the CFL East semifinal in Toronto this Sunday.

Although Glenn suffered a suspected sprained ankle in Saturday's game against the B.C. Lions, the Bombers did not deem it serious enough to have the ankle x-rayed. Then again, the last time they made such a decision, they eventually discovered that slotback Milt Stegall had cracked ribs.

"We're confident it's not broken," Taman said yesterday. "But he's (Glenn) still limping around here pretty good and I'm not convinced that he'll be able to go.

"But we'll do everything we can to get him on the field. He gives us a lot better chance to win."

Glenn has vowed to play despite the injury.

"Kevin's optimistic but I've heard some optimistic remarks from players before," Berry said. "When (offensive lineman) Dan Goodspeed hurt his knee, he said he'd be back in three plays and it's been about three months. Kevin, when he last hurt himself, came out of the game and went back in and found that he couldn't push off."

The Bombers will not return to practice until tomorrow, which means Glenn will get some extra healing time.

If Glenn cannot play, then Brad Banks will get the nod, Berry said.

"All along, I've felt that Brad has made some significant progress this year but I felt like it was most important in this last game to get Ryan (Dinwiddie) some playing time this year," Berry said. "Both did some very good things (against B.C.)."

But can they beat the Boatmen without Glenn?

"Heck, yeah," Taman responded. "If Kevin plays or not, we still have 41 other guys who can show up and play.

"But I like our chances better with Kevin than without him."

BROWN IFFY: Both Berry and Taman were more pessimistic about the status of non-import defensive lineman Doug Brown (rotator cuff).

"He's iffy," Taman assessed.

"Maybe not quite as optimistic (as Glenn) because I'm not sure that he feels that great about himself," Berry said. "But he's a possibility.

"There's a lot of what-ifs there and the problem is, when you lose a quality Canadian starter, how that impacts the whole roster."

LATE HIT? Both Berry and Taman also believe that B.C. DE Chris Wilson hit Glenn late on the play where he suffered the ankle injury.

"I could see where it could be construed as just coming off a block but clearly, Kevin had let the ball go and a couple of steps were taken," Berry said. "It's one of those right-on-the-fence calls."

Taman said it was late but not dirty.

BRISTLING: Berry took umbrage with criticism of the way he handled Dinwiddie and Banks in the B.C. match.

"We wristbanded the game (scripted plays) for Kevin, not for Ryan and Brad so, we didn't have capabilities to change the game plan," he said. "So, I told (offensive co-ordinator) Mike (Gibson), 'Let's run everything we've got and we'll evaluate them from there.'

"I have no problem with what we did and how we did it, and if someone else thinks otherwise, then maybe they can be coaching Winnipeg."

HASHMARKS: Although OL Matt Sheridan (viral infection) is expected to return to practice tomorrow, OL Garrick Jones is not expected back (family matters) ... Berry will close most of Thursday's practice "so nobody knows our plays" ... Despite yesterday's inclement weather, Berry has no plans to practise indoors unless it becomes absolutely necessary.


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