It sure looks, sounds and tastes like an exhibition game.
Kevin Glenn will start at quarterback for Winnipeg when the Blue Bombers host to the dead-last Hamilton Tiger-Cats in a meaningless CFL contest tomorrow.
But his backups are sure to get more playing time than normal, especially with No. 2 quarterback Ryan Dinwiddie sitting out with a high ankle sprain.
"Last week, I wanted Kevin to play the first half," Bomber head coach Doug Berry said yesterday. "This week, it probably won't be that long, but it might be. It depends on the flow of the game. Certainly, you want to be moving at a high level going into the playoffs.
"However we're playing with the quarterbacks will dictate how long guys stay in."
Berry is also anxious to give Bryan Randall significant time at the helm and, if possible, to give former Tiger-Cat Timmy Chang some action under pressure.
Randall is relishing the opportunity, especially after showing so well in the late stages of Winnipeg's victory over the Alouettes in Montreal last week.
"I've performed in a big game and now, I'm going to get an opportunity out there," said the 6-foot-1, 218-pound Virginia Tech product. "I may have not made all the reads I wanted to make but, at the same time, I wasn't nervous at all.
"Given the opportunity to be successful up here, I definitely think I can play the game."
Chang will suit up for the first time since signing with the Bombers.
"When I first got here, I wasn't getting too many reps," said the 6-foot-2, 207-pound Hawaii product. "It was just more sitting back and watching. It was more learning from visualization and watching what guys do. Now, I'm getting a little more work in practice and getting that confidence level back in and starting to grow."
KICKER CUT: Bombers have released import K Travis Dorsch after K Alexis Serna performed so well in the victory over the Als last week. That and the fact that Dorsch just didn't kick that well in practice.
CH-CHANGES: RB Joe Smith (knee), CB Willie Amos (hamstring), SB Terrence Edwards (foot), DB Kelly Malveaux (undisclosed), OL Ryan Donnelly (shoulder) and Dinwiddie are expected to miss tomorrow's match.
RB Fred Reid will return from injury. CB Robert Bean will replace Amos and Kerry Johnson will fill in for Edwards. KR Casey McGahee will also draw in while non-import DB Steven Holness will apparently replace Malveaux at DB.
Berry has appreciated the patience of Johnson, who was sidelined when veteran SB Milt Stegall was finally ready to play.
PRINTERS STARTING: Casey Printers is expected to start at QB for Hamilton tomorrow as Quinton Porter is apparently nicked up.
"It's Casey's opportunity and he's going to come out and throw the ball and make every play within his ability," said Bomber LB Zeke Moreno. "He's a double threat in running the ball."