Ready to let loose

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:53 AM ET

Expect Ryan Dinwiddie to be a little more mobile than Kevin Glenn when he makes his first regular-season start on Thursday night.

That, however, is where the former Boise State product believes the differences end between him and Glenn.

"Kevin's got his knee brace, so I think I can move around a little bit more and run a little bit differently," Dinwiddie said. "It's going to be pretty much the only change. Me and Kevin play pretty similar."

An intangible contrast between the two is their natures and the personalities they bring to the huddle. Glenn is a laid-back leader, while Dinwiddie isn't afraid to jump around and scream.

"It's fun. You get to go out there, be the guy and be a good leader and bring some enthusiasm to the offence, try to get guys to rally behind you a little bit," Dinwiddie said.

"I don't think anybody around here needs that, but it's just fun. You feel more part of the group when you're the starting quarterback."

Dinwiddie learned from his Grey Cup start to keep his emotions in check as much as possible.

"I know sometimes when you come in and you haven't played for a while you're trying to make (too many) plays," he said. "You gotta make a lot of good plays. And the bad plays that are out there, you gotta turn them into not bad plays.

"We might not have the best play call versus that coverage, well, that's fine. Tuck it down, run for a couple yards and we'll live to play another down."

RETURN OF KHAN: Offensive lineman Obby Khan, who weighed only 209 pounds five months ago after having his large intestine removed, will return to the lineup this week.

Khan will be the seventh offensive lineman, taking the roster spot of Kyle Koch, who won't play this week with an ankle injury.

"Let's regress and think about all the things that happened to him last year and where he was in January compared to where he is now," head coach Doug Berry said.

"The man has worked really hard and is a guy that I like to have on the field because we talk about those leaders, and he is certainly a great guy to have in the huddle and his performance on the field as well."

SURPRISE PARTICIPANT: Offensive lineman Matt Sheridan, who was put on the nine-game list last week with a shoulder injury, ran a little scout team yesterday. "I was actually surprised to see him take some reps today," Berry said. "So we'll see how he is (today)."

LATE HITS: Linebacker Ike Charlton (knee) didn't practise again yesterday, but he vowed that he will start Thursday. Berry said Charlton will practise today ... Linebacker Pierre-Luc Labbe (thigh) is expected to miss a month ... Matt O'Meara will replace Koch at right guard ... Slotback Milt Stegall (knee) won't play this week. "I look at it like we're not going to have Milt all year, and when we get him it's going to be a bonus," Berry said ... Linebacker Barrin Simpson, who will miss the remainder of the season with a pectoral muscle tear, has never missed a game due to injury since joining the league in 2001. His consecutive games streak is over at 130.


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