Buck's OK despite hard hit

BOB MACKIN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:46 AM ET

Buck Pierce is expected to lead the B.C. Lions against the Calgary Stampeders, despite being knocked out of last Thursday's 40-22 win in Edmonton.

Pivot Pierce was hit by Edmonton safety Elliott Richardson and replaced by Jarious Jackson, who threw four touchdowns in a 326-yard performance.

"I was feeling better the day after the game, that was a positive sign," Pierce said during Sunday's Lions' youth football clinic at David Lam Park. "Once I was able to relax a little bit I was able to shake that stuff off."

Slotback Paris Jackson benefited from Jarious Jackson's relief appearance, catching nine passes for 126 yards and a TD.

"I brought everybody into the huddle and said we have to do this for Buck and at the same time we have to give Jarious an opportunity to come in and have success," he said.

Jarious Jackson was enjoying a day off Sunday. Head coach and general manager Wally Buono had named Pierce the No. 1 QB before training camp.

"It's an 18 game season," Buono said. "You hate to hang your whole season on one guy."

Buono said the CFL head office is looking into Richardson's hit on Pierce.


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