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Athletic therapist suspects Blue Bombers QB Drew Willy suffered MCL sprain

Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Drew Willy grimaces while jogging before Tuesday's practice. Walther Bernal / Global News

WINNIPEG — Step by gingerly step, Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Drew Willy is getting closer to recovery.

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“He’s feeling better,” said Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea. “He’s progressing.”

Willy participated in the Bombers (2-3) only practice this week. He threw several balls while wearing sweatpants with what appeared to be a brace on his injured right knee. But despite the improvement, Willy’s status is still up in the air for Thursday’s home game against the BC Lions (2-2).

“We’ll have to give him some time and some rest,” said O’Shea. “It’s always one of those things with these types of injuries. You wait until the morning after they put some work in.”

Willy was wrecked in the third quarter of Saturday’s 32-3 loss in Edmonton. His leg was tweaked when a pair of Eskimos teamed up for a sack. If the Bombers’ primary pivot isn’t able to go this week, backup Brian Brohm will get the nod.

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“I’m going to be ready to go,” said Brohm. “I don’t know what’s going to happen come game time but I’ll be ready to go when I’m called upon.”

“It could have been much worse than it is.”

A former Bombers athletic therapist suspects Willy sprained his MCL during the sack.

“The way he was hit would of caused the joint to open,” said Dr. Glen Bergeron, Associate Dean of the University of Winnipeg’s Gupta Faculty of Kinesiology and Applied Health. “That would have caused the ligament to have been stretched.”

A painful injury but playable.

“The knee is good and sound in terms of its structure,” said Bergeron. “As long as he’s properly protected and he can over come some of that pain, he’ll be fine.”

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