Sankey on board

BOB MACKIN, 24 HOURS

, Last Updated: 9:18 AM ET

B.C. Lions' head coach and general manager Wally Buono found a familiar face to help solve his quarterbacking woes.

Ben Sankey, who played for Buono as a Calgary Stampeder from 2000 to 2002, was signed Friday. He'll join Gino Guidugli to back up Jarious Jackson on Friday when the Montreal Alouettes visit B.C. Place Stadium.

Sankey was an emergency acquisition after Buck Pierce separated his throwing shoulder in the 45-45 Aug. 17 tie with Calgary. Pierce is expected to miss two or three games. No. 1 pivot Dave Dickenson continues to recover from a July 13 concussion, but the date of his return remains unknown.

Sankey spent two years with the NFL's Houston Texans before a stint on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats' roster. The three-year United Indoor Football veteran was 2007's most valuable player and offensive player of the year. He threw 47 touchdowns and 2,951 passing yards for the Tennessee Valley/Rock River Raptors.


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