Jyles fired up and ready

JIM BENDER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:03 AM ET

WINNIPEG -- Their starting quarterback practised just one day before the Blue Bombers' biggest game of the year.

Steven Jyles walked off the practice field on Thursday and declared himself good to go against the B.C. Lions in Vancouver on Saturday -- after being felled by a flu bug most of the week.

"I feel bet-t er," Jyles assured. "I'm great now. It feels good to be back out here with my teammates and prepare for B.C."

Jyles felt ill after last Friday's 44-40 loss to Montreal and started to address it right away. He never feared he would miss the match that pits 3-9 Winnipeg against the 4-8 Lions.

"B. C.'s one of the teams we have to beat (to earn a crossover playoff spot)," Jyles said. "We have to get four points out of these guys and basically, we have to win for the rest of the year to keep ourselves alive."

It was pointed out that tailback Fred Reid enjoyed his best game of the season after sitting out a week with the flu earlier this year.

"You know, it worked for Freddie," Jyles said. "My body feels good and I got to rest a little bit. I'm feeling rejuvenated now and I'm fired up to go out and play."

RECORD RUSH: The last time Reid played a game in Vancouver, he wrote his name in bold print in the Bomber history books. He amassed a franchise record 260 yards rushing on 26 carries in a 37-10 victory over the Leos.

"Oh, yeah, really good memories," Reid said. "But I have to put that (in the) past. It probably won't be as easy this year."

B.C. is ranked seventh in the CFL in rush defence this year.

THE 'OTHER' GAME PLAN: Call it the X's and O's of having a baby.

LaPolice has mapped out exactly what he'll do if his very pregnant wife, Tina, goes into labour while he's in Vancouver.

"If it happens the day before the game, I'll fly home and then fly back to the game," he said. "If we fly out (Friday) and she went into labour, I'd probably fly right back. The players don't need me there until right before the game."

And if the call comes just before kickoff?

"If it gets that close, I'll probably be at the game," he said. "Her family's here. We don't envision that happening."

Th e baby is due Oct. 10.

PAS SING HAT: Bomber C Obby Khan was still waiting Thursday for his O-line buddies to help pay the $500 fine he incurred for tearing a strip off the officials after last week's game against Montreal.

His fellow hogs had promised to back him if he did the talking following the bitter, 44-40 loss, where several controversial calls went against Winnipeg.

"I haven't seen a dime, yet," a chuckling Khan said. "Next time you guys see them, give them hell. They should be pitching in."

HASHMARKS: Rookie WR Greg Carr will play Saturday, meaning Adarius Bowman is doubtful ... Winnipeg placed injured CB LaVar Glover on the nine-game injury list, but is allowed to take one player off that list before the year is over.


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