QB 'soap opera' in Lions Den

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:34 AM ET

The seemingly never-ending B.C. Lions quarterbacking controversy might pick up steam tonight.

While Dave Dickenson is the starter and Printers, the CFL's most outstanding player last season, is the backup attempting to put toe and shoulder injuries behind him, Lions coach Wally Buono hinted the latter could see action in the Grey Cup rematch against the defending champion Argos at the Rogers Centre.

"I personally think if you can get (Printers) into the game, he needs to see the speed of the game," Buono said on the eve of the season opener. "That's the thing that the pre-season (when Printers did not line up at quarterback) affords you. We're not going to put him in there if we don't feel (right). He's going to let us know, too. The warmup is a big indicator to us. The good thing is he has taken reps this week ... If we can get him into the game, all that does is start the process of getting him ready to play for the season quicker."

Printers was on his best behaviour yesterday after suggesting last week that some members of the organization do not have confidence in him. He went on to point out that while other marquee quarterbacks in the league make $400,000 a season, he earns $65,000.

INJURIES, NOT CONTRACT

But yesterday, Printers said he is not frustrated with his contract and no negotiations will take place until the season is over.

"I'm frustrated about my injuries (off-season toe surgery and now a sore throwing shoulder), nothing else," he said. "We're not even talking contract. Why would I be frustrated with a group of businessmen trying to give me money to play a game?"

Asked about his health, Printers said: "We'll see (tonight), but as of right now I feel good."

Dickenson, who started last year's Grey Cup game against the Argos ahead of an ailing Printers, was sharp in the pre-season as the Lions went 2-0.

"This year, we were expecting a full-out competition at camp, but (Printers') toe and his arm haven't come around like he wants," Dickenson said. "I'm just going to try to win games. I feel like if I win games and do my part, this is my job."

Buono, meanwhile, is trying to play down the revenge factor tonight.

"It's good media hype and a good media topic," he said. "But as far as the players, it's 2005. A lot of these guys didn't even play in the (Grey Cup) game. If you use that as a (major focus), you'd say half the team is motivated and half the team won't know what you're talking about."

But one thing everybody seems to be talking about is the quarterbacking dilemma.

"It's an ongoing soap opera," Printers said. "You have to stay tuned."


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