HAMILTON -- The Winnipeg Blue Bombers got the win -- and a massive scare.
The Blue and Gold hammered the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 34-4 last night to spoil Casey Printers' debut at Ivor Wynne Stadium, but quarterback Kevin Glenn went down in the third quarter with a right knee injury.
Glenn, a potential candidate for the CFL's Most Outstanding Player Award, will have further tests done on his knee today when the Bombers return to Winnipeg, but he said afterwards that he is OK and will start next Sunday in Toronto.
"It was just a little mishap, a little buckle of the knee," Glenn said. "It was one of those things where the way the game was going, we just felt it was best to sit the rest of it out.
"... I'll be all right. I just came down on it wrong. No hit or anything."
Hearts were no doubt in the throats of Bomber fans seeing Glenn lying on the turf. His value to the team showed last August when he suffered a left knee injury, coincidentally against the Tiger-Cats.
The Bombers lost the game he was injured in and the ensuing two that Glenn missed, and it likely cost them a home playoff game.
Glenn, who leads the CFL in passing yards, limped slowly off the field with the help of two trainers, but he was soon walking around the Bombers sideline. After a few minutes of pacing, he threw on a parka and plunked himself down on the dugout bench.
"It was a big sigh of relief when I found out there isn't anything really wrong with it," Glenn said. "... You know whether or not there's something wrong with it, and I didn't feel that way."
The Bombers were leading 24-4 last night when Glenn got hurt, and backup Ryan Dinwiddie filled in capably the rest of the way, completing seven of 11 attempts for 95 yards.
The Bombers improved their record to 7-3-1 and expanded their lead in the East Division to three points over the Montreal Alouettes, who lost to the Edmonton Eskimos on Friday night.
The Ticats, whose only win came against the Bombers on Aug. 3, lost their fifth straight and fell to 1-10.
Printers, who signed with the Ticats nearly two weeks ago, was operating on about 40% of the playbook, and it showed. In the first half alone he was sacked four times and bumbled a handoff that Winnipeg defensive end Gavin Walls returned 30 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter.
NOT MUCH HELP
Printers did not, however, get much help from his receivers, who dropped three balls in the opening 30 minutes alone that killed any momentum his arrival could have generated.
Bombers head coach Doug Berry admitted that Printers was behind the 8-ball before the game even began.
"He only had three days to prep," Berry said. "It's very difficult to get ready to play a game in three days." Glenn completed 19 of 32 attempts for 240 yards and a 26-yard touchdown toss to Terrence Edwards in the first quarter. Troy Westwood added field goals from 17, 19, 23 and 12 yards.
Long snapper Mike Mahoney had Winnipeg's other touchdown when he recovered a missed field goal return fumble by Jo Jo Walker in the end zone.
"We won 34-4, but it doesn't even feel like we won that 34-4," Bombers slotback Milt Stegall said. "It was kind of a weird game, because they scored a couple of touchdowns for us.
"... Hopefully Mr. Kevin will be all right, but if we have to go with Dinwiddie I'm more than confident he can get in there and do the job."
Nick Setta's had a 29-yard field goal and a missed 37-yarder to take care of the Hamilton scoring.