Bombers' January gets clean bill of health

Bombers offensive tackle Glenn January says he's ready to make his season debut in Montreal on...

Bombers offensive tackle Glenn January says he's ready to make his season debut in Montreal on Friday. (Jason Halstead/QMI Agency/Files)

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:01 AM ET

WINNIPEG - Help is on the way for the Winnipeg hogs.

Veteran offensive tackle Glenn January says he’s ready to make his Winnipeg Blue Bombers season debut in Montreal, Friday, after battling a leg injury that forced him to miss Week 1, then an illness this week.

“The thing about the injury I had... I tried to be a tough guy and play on,” January said after practice, Wednesday. “And it ended up making it worse than it probably would have been. It was probably a little wishful thinking on my part, trying to go out there a bit earlier.”

January made the trip to B.C. last week, only to become a last-minute scratch.

After struggling through practices in the sweltering heat this week, he saw a doctor, Tuesday, and came back with a clean bill of health.

“I was feeling a little bit under the weather, and it was something I wanted to check out and make sure,” he said. “The heat’s obviously going to be an issue whenever you take some time off. And 300 pounds is not an easy weight to carry around. Coming back without the privilege of a full training camp is always difficult.

“And being sick, when it rains it pours. I’m glad to get all that out of the way. I felt great today. I felt like a young buck out there running around.”

That’ll be music to the coaches’ ears.

An inexperienced Winnipeg O-line — four of the five players combined for three previous CFL starts — struggled without January, giving up four sacks in the first half. One of those knocked starting quarterback Buck Pierce from the game.

January brings five years experience to the front five, not to mention natural leadership ability.

“It’s good to get guys with experience,” head coach Paul LaPolice said. “I’m just concerned about him doing his job more than taking care of everyone else. I hope that’s his focus.”

Winnipeg will face a more aggressive, blitzing Montreal defence this week, led by new co-ordinator Jeff Reinebold.


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