Trying to ease Glenn's pain

PAUL FRIESEN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:25 AM ET

TORONTO -- Kevin Glenn walked slowly off the field, his wife and parents at his side, his left arm in a sling, broken -- just like his dream of guiding the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to a Grey Cup championship.

The top player in the CFL East this season didn't want to talk about the injury that ended his season one week too soon.

But the look on his face said it all.

Having family around must have been a good thing.

"We'll just go home and pray everything's OK," Glenn's dad, Kevin Sr., said. "I've been watching and coaching him all along. I go through it, good or bad. We'll say some prayers. He's going to bounce back."

Glenn's parents had travelled from their home in Detroit to watch their son play, along with siblings, aunts and uncles -- a contingent of 12, in all. The plan, the hope, was to return to Toronto next week to see him in his first Grey Cup.

Now they'll have to settle for watching his team, which got past the Argos, 19-9, in a hard-fought East final.

If family was uppermost in Glenn's mind at a time like this, his teammates surely weren't far behind.

The feeling was mutual.

"It hurts me," receiver Milt Stegall said. "Because I know how much he wants to play this game. It's hurtful. He's from Detroit and probably had 50 million people at this game and he is the MVP of the league. You've got to play with the cards that are dealt you."

The Bomber hand will be missing an ace, though, against the Saskatchewan Roughriders next Sunday. Not to mention its offensive leader.

"It's sad," receiver Jamie Stoddard said. "A guy that you've battled with for 21 weeks. Our leader for 21 weeks. You can't help but feel bad for Kevin."

Members of the Bomber defence and special teams felt the same way.

"You hate something like that to happen to somebody who busts their ass the whole year," cornerback Juran Bolden said. "He got us here."

"Kevin Glenn is still the heart and soul of this team," added kicker Troy Westwood. "We'll go win one for him."

Head coach Doug Berry expressed similar sentiments.

"We're certainly deeply sorry for this," Berry said. "But it's football, and we'll do the best we can with what's left over. Kevin's had a fantastic year for us. He got us here, and now it's our job to carry the torch from here."

Before being injured on the first play of the fourth quarter, Glenn had guided the Bombers to a 19-1 lead, completing 15 of 21 passes for 201 yards and a touchdown, with one turnover -- a fumbled exchange with running back Charles Roberts on the play he was hurt.

The fact Glenn broke his upper left arm, and not his throwing arm, is good news. It means his career shouldn't be in jeopardy.

He'll have the arm examined in Winnipeg, before doctors determine whether it needs surgery or must simply be immobilized for an extended period.

"We've got one of the best orthopedic surgeons in North America," assistant GM Ross Hodgkinson said.


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