Brown is good to go

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:44 AM ET

Doug Brown has deemed himself ready to go, and there's a 99.99% chance he'll start tomorrow against the Toronto Argonauts.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers all-star defensive tackle went all out during yesterday's practice, and he said his ailing shoulder has healed enough for him to be effective in tomorrow's East Division semifinal.

Brown will definitely dress, and there's only a slim chance that import backup Dante Booker will be with the team when it departs for Toronto this morning.

DECISION

"As long as he's 95 to 98%, it'll be good," head coach Doug Berry said. "If he's less than that, then we'll have to make a decision."

Brown injured the shoulder during last week's regular-season finale loss to the B.C. Lions. He sat out the first day of practice on Wednesday, tested it a bit on Thursday and then pushed it hard yesterday.

"It's still not 100%, but it's definitely serviceable," Brown said. "It's important I don't feel like I'm going to take anything from the team being out there."

There's a chance Brown will take a cortisone shot tomorrow to freeze out the pain.

"But I enjoy my pain. It keeps you grounded," he said. "I might not choose that option, but we'll see where we're at."

Meanwhile, quarterback Kevin Glenn continues to walk with a slight limp but proclaimed his sprained left ankle to be 90 to 95% healed.

"I almost stopped watching (Glenn)," Berry said. "I think he's ready to go totally."

The Detroit native will have 10 to 15 family members in attendance at Rogers Centre to take in his first CFL playoff start.

"I have a real big close-knit family, and we support each other in what everybody's doing," he said.

Glenn said he also may take a needle to numb the pain.

DOME SWEET DOME: The Bombers were feeling rejuvenated yesterday after a 90-minute workout in the warm climes of the Golf Dome.

"It was awesome," defensive end and California native Tom Canada said. "I felt like we had the best practice of the week. It was a short and sweet practice, which was definitely needed.

"It's kind of funny how the last two days have been butt cold, and then the warmest day we go to the dome."

Brown believes yesterday's warm environment might even pay off tomorrow, considering they will be playing indoors.

"It was really beneficial for guys to get in there and get a sweat in similar conditions to what we'll playing in in Toronto," he said.

MAKIN' MOVES: The only lineup change the Bombers are making is offensive lineman Matt Sheridan for Marc Parenteau.

Sheridan, who missed last week's game with a viral infection, will be used in a backup role but should see plenty of action.

AND WE QUOTE: "It's the Winnipeg Blue Bombers facing the Eastern all-star team. That's all I'm seeing. They've got lots of players that have lots of things to say right now, and we're just going to meekly, humbly show up and try to put on our best performance. It will be the bold and the boastful against the meek and the humble. We'll see what happens."

-- Brown, noting how some of the 11 Argos who were voted East Division all-stars have been vocal about their greatness this week.


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