Sheridan lost for at least nine games

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:37 AM ET

Just when it looked like those Hog-gly nightmares were starting clear up, lightning struck again.

The Blue Bombers were poised to welcome veteran guard Matt Sheridan back from a groin injury when they play the Lions in B.C. tomorrow night. But something strange happened while practising with his fellow Hogs yesterday.

"Matt Sheridan re-injured himself," Winnipeg head coach Doug Berry disclosed after practice. "He injured his shoulder ... It's been a thing that has been nagging him as he's come back and through the (three-game) layoff. I'm not sure what it is but it's something in his shoulder where he feels that he can't play a football game. The groin is healed, that's not the issue at all."

The Bombers moved Sheridan to the nine-game injury list so they do not have to include his salary under the cap, although they can pull one player off that list once he is healthy. But the latest injury has Berry frustrated.

"Absolutely," he affirmed. "I'd like for him to be available to us and he isn't and he's carrying a huge salary."

The Bombers had already lost centre Dominic Picard to injury earlier this year and are still waiting for veteran offensive lineman Obby Khan to return from off-season surgery (which could be within the next two weeks).

Although Berry admitted an affinity for veteran guard Andrew Greene, who was released due to age and salary, it is unlikely the Bombers will ask him back. So, rookie Brendon LaBatte and sophomore Kyle Koch will continue to be the starting guards between centre Ryan Donnelly.

Berry said the offence just hasn't called enough rushing plays to determine whether the middle three O-linemen are doing a good enough job for the run game.

SHORT LEASH?: Berry was asked if quarterback Kevin Glenn -- pulled from the last game -- will be on a short leash tomorrow night.

"I would certainly prefer to not even consider it," said Berry, adding that Glenn deserves better. "As long as we're in a game, Kevin Glenn will be in the game because he has proven over and over again that he is very capable of bringing a team back in the second half.

"It's up to the rest of the teammates to keep us in the game until that's going to happen, or do what we really want to do and that's to get in front early in the game and maintain that, if not build on it."

Glenn's teammates certainly believe in him.

"I have total faith in Kevin Glenn," said WR Kerry Johnson, who caught 10 passes for 79 yards (five of them from Glenn) during last week's loss to the Leos. "We just need to gel. Our timing was off and it's still early in the season.

"We've had some new guys come out on offence and the defence. We're going to grow and once we figure out what it is and get our timing down, we're going to be a really great team."

HASHMARKS: Glenn will likely be allowed to call some of his own plays against B.C. ... It looks like the only change Berry will make for tomorrow is to activate CB Willie Amos to replace the injured Robert Bean ... DE Gavin Walls (leg) practised yesterday and will play tomorrow.


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