Glenn getting stronger

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 10:00 AM ET

The most talked about ankle in Manitoba is 80 to 85% healed, and that's good enough for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Kevin Glenn practised on his injured left ankle for the second straight day yesterday, and all indications are he'll be under centre on Sunday afternoon when the Bombers (9-9) take on the Toronto Argonauts (10-8) in the CFL's East Division semifinal.

"Kevin looked pretty good today," Bombers head coach Doug Berry said. "I'm 95% really optimistic that he's going to be able to go and do it at I would say close to 100%. He feels good, and he looked good.

"I think he's ready."

Glenn said he was at about 80 to 85% after yesterday's workout.

"I pushed it a little harder today, and I didn't have any setbacks," he said. "That's the positive, that I didn't get any setbacks. It's looking good."

"It's probably going to go up 10% every day. That's how it's going to play out."

Glenn said it's odd that his ankle, of all things, is on so many minds this week.

"It's on the front page of all the papers, so it is weird," he said. "But there's nothing you can do about it, because that's what people are going to talk about.

"I'm just trying to get it right so they can have other things to talk about."

WHAT ABOUT BROWN? Defensive tackle Doug Brown (shoulder) took part in a few drills yesterday, but it's still too early to tell if he'll play Sunday.

"Doug did a little bit of testing on it today and still feels it a little bit, but it's come a long ways and his strength is quite significant, so that's come along quite nicely," Berry said. "We'll work Doug in some more (today)."

"I don't know if cautiously optimistic is right, but he has a chance."

BARRED: For the first time in recent memory, the Bombers closed their practice to media and fans yesterday.

Berry said they did it just in case they wanted to add a few special wrinkles to their game plan.

The players, when asked what they did in secrecy, had some fun with it.

"We all practised our drop kicks, and we played keep-away," defensive tackle Jon Oosterhuis cracked. "We didn't really practise. We came inside, ate, stretched, sat in the sauna and played video games. That's about it.

"I didn't even know you guys came to our practices until they called it a closed practice."

AHH, WARMTH: The Bombers will hold their final practice of the week this morning at the Golf Dome, since they'll be playing in a dome on Sunday.

"I want our passing game to be indoors for the temperature and the climate," Berry said. "It will be good for the guys to breathe normal temperature weather, and plus (today's) weather forecast is significantly colder than it was (yesterday), if anybody can believe that."


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