It's a go for Glenn

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:30 AM ET

The saga of Winnipeg's 'Wounded Knee' is over. For now.

Blue Bombers quarterback Kevin Glenn finally tested his sprained knee at yesterday's practice, then declared himself fit enough to start in the next CFL game against the Argos in Toronto on Sunday.

"It felt all right, it felt fine," Glenn said. "I was able to do everything, went through the whole practice so, that's it ... I'm set to go for Sunday."

Glenn, 28, had been hesitant to confirm that he would be ready to play until he practised on it. Although he looked no worse for wear during yesterday's session, he did wear a brace to protect his knee and will likely wear braces on both knees against Toronto "just for precautionary reasons, and it won't hurt.

"I practised (yesterday) and I didn't feel any different. The biggest thing was getting used to it but I guess I've been wearing the other one (left leg) for quite a while -- over a year and a half. It didn't feel natural but it felt all right. I didn't have any discomfort or anything."

Bomber head coach Doug Berry had said all along that he believed Glenn would play this week.

"I didn't have to spend any time looking at him," Berry said. "I know there's nothing significantly wrong with him so, I'm not spending a lot of time worrying about him." But some observers had suggested that it might be more prudent to rest the team's most valuable commodity, at least for one game. And Glenn had admitted to some uncertainty before testing the knee at practice.

"I wasn't too concerned because I had a knee injury before and I know how they can feel and how they feel after you do it," said the CFL's leading passer and MVP candidate. "I came out and I was able to practise and that's what we were striving for ... If I couldn't come out here and practise, that would be a concern."

But, with all the attention on Glenn's ailing pin, does he believe it will become a target for the ferocious Argo pass rush?

"Naw, I don't think they're that type of team," responded the 5-foot-10, 193-pound Illinois State product. "They don't go out and intentionally hurt people. They're going to go out and play football just as if I didn't leave the game last week with an injury."

Glenn, by the way, gets a bonus for each start and his teammates were certainly breathing a sigh of relief after practice.

"We'll see what happens but he was looking good so, it's looking great," said offensive lineman Alexandre Gauthier. "It's always a good plus to have your starting quarterback."

However, there will now be added pressure to protect Glenn against a pass rush that is third in the CFL in quarterback sacks and with a defensive line that boasts two of the top four sack leaders -- Jonathan Brown (nine) and Riall Johnson (eight).

"That is in the back of your mind and Toronto's got a great defence," Gauthier said. "They have good pass rushers and ... they're pretty much leading every category (11 of 25). It's going to be a good challenge but we like those kinds of challenges. That's going to be a good test because a good offence always wants to see how they can match up against a good defence."

The Bomber offensive line still leads the league in the fewest sacks allowed (13).


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