B.C. Lions' quarterback Buck Pierce was brutal in his assessment of Friday night's 28-24 loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
"We were too content, we just didn't come out expecting to battle," Pierce said when the club returned to the practice field Monday in Whalley. "I don't think there's one person that can say they played an outstanding game."
"It was bizarre when you consider how things occurred," said head coach and general manager Wally Buono.
A groin injury occurred to running back Ian Smart, who said he has never missed a game in 16 years of playing football.
"It feels kind of weird watching practice on the sidelines," Smart said.
Buono signed former Edmonton Eskimo and Toronto Argonaut rusher Tyler Ebell to the practice roster. Ebell missed the 2008 season with a ruptured achilles tendon.
"A long rehab and I feel great," said Ebell, cut by the Boatmen last month. "Any time I get the chance to touch the ball, it's fine with me.
The Leos also added Lynden, Wash. offensive lineman Daren Heerspink, a St. Louis Rams' castoff.
Meanwhile, ex-B.C. all-star defensive end Cameron Wake came to watch his ex-teammates.
"This is my home," said Wake, who reports to Miami Dolphins' camp on Aug. 1. "I feel comfortable here. It's fun to be back. I'll always be a Lion."
B.C. hosts the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Friday's home opener at B.C. Place Stadium.