As back-to-school shopping season nears its peak, B.C. Lions' head coach and general manager Wally Buono probably wishes there was an easy button for acquiring quarterbacks.
Buono can use another backup because Buck Pierce will miss at least two - and possibly three - games with a separated throwing shoulder. Pierce suffered the injury late in last week's 45-45 tie with the Calgary Stampeders. He already was nursing toe, rib and hand maladies. Jarious Jackson will make his second start on Aug. 31 when the Montreal Alouettes visit B.C. Place Stadium, which means University of Cincinnati Bearcats' product Gino Guidugli could be number two on the depth chart.
Veteran Dave Dick-enson may return to practice next week, but his comeback from a July concussion has been carefully planned with expert medical advice.
Unless Dickenson's recovery leapfrogs ahead of schedule and he gets the green light, salary cap conscious Buono is faced with signing another understudy.
It may cost B.C. $50,000. That's how much Guidugli told the Cincinnati Enquirer he's earning.