The CFL is investigating a punishing hit on Kevin Glenn that has left the Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback in a fuzzy state of mind.
CFL director of officiating Tom Higgins is taking a closer look at the helmet-to-helmet hit delivered by Edmonton Eskimos linebacker Agustin Barrenechea in the final two minutes of Winnipeg's 30-23 win on Friday night at Canad Inns Stadium.
Bombers head coach Doug Berry reported yesterday that Glenn's status is uncertain for next Saturday's rematch with the Eskimos at Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium.
"He's still a little bit groggy, so he'll be a day-to-day thing," Berry said. "We'll have to see how he is by Tuesday.
"Fortunately we've got an eight-day week, so maybe he'll be ready."
Higgins told Sun Media that CFL commissioner Mark Cohon will make a decision "early in the week. Before the next game is played, definitely.
"... It is an area that is very, very serious to our branding. Nobody wants to see anybody get hurt. We want to do the right thing (on ruling on this hit)."
Berry believes Barrenechea fully intended to lead with his helmet, which happened well after Glenn released a successful two-point convert pass.
Barrenechea, a Calgary native, was assessed a 15-yard penalty for roughing the passer.
"From my perspective, I thought it was intentional," Berry said. "The way you coach it is you tell your players to make the effort to make the helmet miss, and this was not the case.
"... We try to establish rules that will protect the quarterbacks. That's the bottom line. We have to protect our quarterbacks in the CFL."
The league started its investigation yesterday morning by talking to both Glenn and Barrenechea. It also asked them to write down their version of what happened.
Higgins and Kevin McDonald, the CFL's director of football operations, will then examine the evidence and make a recommendation to Cohon about whether Barrenechea should be disciplined.
Higgins, a former CFL player and coach, said helmet-to-helmet hits simply need to be eliminated.
"Helmet to helmet is something that is very, very dangerous for both the receiver and sender," said Higgins, who wouldn't speculate about what kind of Barrenechea could possibly face.
"... We have to make sure we are sending the message that we can't have helmet-to-helmet hits."
Barrenechea's hit led to a heated finish to the game, as three players, including Winnipeg receiver Romby Bryant and centre Dominic Picard, were kicked out for rough play.
And though Bryant was coming to Glenn's defence, Berry does not want to see his players taking matters into their own hands.
"I would always encourage our team not to jeopardize our situation," Berry said. "I know it's a delicate subject when it comes to having your teammate's back. I really believe that for every player in that locker-room, they have each other's back and they don't necessarily have to go out and prove it all the time.
"There are some times where it may be more advantageous to show that than others."
Picard, who doesn't mind the rough stuff, said the brouhahas at the end of Friday's clash is a sign the Bombers are back and will not be pushed around.
"It's Bomber football, and the O-line, that's what we do," he said. "Kevin won't get hit for nothing, and we're proud to protect him. There's the attitude.
"... The guys are fired up. That's why we've won three in a row now."