Perry vows to return

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:55 AM ET

Fred Perry returned to Winnipeg yesterday with his left arm clinging to his body, underneath a large yellow dress shirt.

The diagnosis was a left humerus bone (in the upper arm) that was broken in three places after he and fellow Bomber defensive lineman Doug Brown converged to tackle B.C. Lions quarterback Jarious Jackson on Friday night at B.C. Place. It's the same bone Kevin Glenn broke in the 2007 East Division final.

Perry, who is tied for the team lead with five sacks, doesn't know if his injury will require surgery (Glenn's didn't), but he is vowing to be back for the end of the regular season and playoffs.

"Hopefully I don't have to have surgery, they can cast it up, and I can start healing," the defensive end said.

It's likely Perry will be placed on the nine-game injured list, which would make him eligible to return for the final game of the regular season.

It was the second bad break in as many years for the 34-year-old Perry, who was starting to find his groove in the Bomber defence. Last July, as a member of the Edmonton Eskimos, he broke his fibula and dislocated his ankle against the Argonauts, causing him to miss 11 games.

He recovered quickly from the gruesome injury, however, and played in the final three games of the regular season. He also had an interception return for a touchdown in Edmonton's East Division semifinal win over Winnipeg.

"It's very frustrating, but I came back last year early, way ahead of time, and I came back and played well," Perry said. "That's what I plan on doing once again."

Bomber head coach Mike Kelly was Edmonton's receivers coach last season, so he witnessed the healing power Perry possesses.

"That ankle and foot were pointed in a direction it's not supposed to go, and yet he came back and played at the end of the season and in the playoffs," Kelly said. "He's telling me he's going to be back before the playoffs, so we'll see how he does."

NOT THERE YET: There were many positives for the Bombers to take out of Friday night's dominance of the Lions, but Kelly said there's still room for improvement on offence.

"We need to throw the ball more effectively," Kelly said. "That's going to keep people off us. Are we going to run for almost 400 yards every game? No, we're not. We're going to try, but I don't think that's going to work."

Quarterback Michael Bishop completed only 11 of 20 passes for 131 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown toss to Terrence Edwards. Bishop's best feat, however, was not making too many mistakes, handing the ball off and keeping the offence on the field for a whopping 36 minutes and 43 seconds. Winnipeg's previous best time of possession number was 30:18.

"It allowed our defence to rest," Kelly said. "When our defence is rested, they can play like a pack of wolves. And they got after 'em pretty good."

Lions quarterback Jarious Jackson completed 15 of 24 passes for 185 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.

LATE HITS: Thanks to their outburst on the ground, Winnipeg is averaging 161 rushing yards per game ... The Bombers had 518 yards of total offence on Friday, compared to 350 for B.C. ... The Bombers have a league-leading 19 interceptions, three of which they have returned for touchdowns after Jovon Johnson's 73-yard major on Friday.

kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca


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