Glenn's good to go

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:33 AM ET

His jaw is still sore and the cobwebs are still clearing in his head but Winnipeg quarterback Kevin Glenn should be able to return to start this week.

Glenn suffered concussion-like symptoms and a sore jaw as a the result of a cheap shot from Edmonton linebacker Agustin Barrenechea here late Friday.

"I just practised and I know everybody out here watched me practise so I'm feeling good to play," Glenn said after yesterday's workout. "I'm fine. I'm out here practising so, I'm ready to go."

On Monday, however, Glenn was not feeling up to meeting with the media after a short run -- although he was well enough to do a radio talk show that night. And Blue Bombers head coach Doug Berry does not believe Glenn is 100% just yet.

"But I think he will be," said Berry, who feared the worst when Glenn got hit. "He got his head rattled and he was dizzy coming off the field and those are minor (concussion) symptoms right there."

Berry did not even want to discuss the risk of further concussions, such as the ones that veteran CFL quarterback Dave Dickenson has suffered the past few seasons.

"Let's not go there," said Berry, who expects Glenn to start when the Bombers play the Eskimos in a rematch in Edmonton this Saturday.

Glenn, meanwhile, had "no opinion" on Barrenechea's hit, the fine, the lack of a suspension or the CFL's wishy-washy rules governing such infractions.

BAD TIMING: Berry fined Bomber receiver Romby Bryant for the way he came to Glenn's defence after the blow. Bryant was disqualified and the Bombers were penalized 25 yards on the kickoff following the winning touchdown.

"I appreciate the way these guys have each other's back," Berry began. "That's very important, that there's a bonding and that these guys understand we are a football team and they do cover for each other.

"The main issue I have with Romby is that ... it's also a timing factor in a football game. At the beginning of a game, you have time to make up a 25-yard penalty. When there's a minute left in the game and there's a tight score, you don't have time to make it up. I don't condone what he did but I understand what he did ... I issued a fine to Romby and I reminded the team that he has a cup in front of his locker, a donation cup."

Berry also fined DB Marc Beswick for a late hit on a receiver but did not penalize C Dominic Picard, who was also ejected late in the match.

"I did not see Dominic commit a foul that I thought was fine-able," he explained.

RAY UNFAZED: Ricky Ray rarely gets rattled.

So don't expect the Edmonton Eskimos star quarterback to get hot and bothered about being the possible target of a dirty hit Saturday.

There are rumblings about possible retribution coming Ray's way.

"I try not to get caught up in all that stuff. I am just going to go out and play my game," said Ray, Edmonton's most valuable player.

"It is a given (that they're coming after me). Every game people are trying to come and kill me, so it's not going to be any different this week."

Winnipeg defensive tackle Doug Brown has suggested that Saturday's game will be uglier than usual.

That doesn't seem to bother Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia.

"Doug is going to do whatever Doug has got to do. And we will do whatever we need to do," said Maciocia.

"We have a pretty good locker-room. We have some grown-ups. I am sure it won't get too ugly.

"It is a football game (on Saturday), right? It is not a WWE contest."

HASHMARKS: Bombers are hoping DB Jovon Johnson will be back in time for today's practice. Johnson had returned to his Erie, Pa., home after his 15-year-old brother was shot dead last week ... Non-import DB Michael Roberts and import DE Willie Evans were welcomed to yesterday's practice. Import DB Justin Phinisee was released ... WR Derick Armstrong rested a sore knee yesterday but is expected to practise today.


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