Pierce keeps on ticking

GERRY MODDEJONGE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:38 AM ET

He's not passing the buck.

In fact, Buck Pierce will be the one doing the passing again this week, getting the start at quarterback again for the B.C. Lions.

He's coming off last week's 19-16 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders where he was manhandled by the defence -- just the latest chapter in a season plagued by concussions.

The first came in Week 3 after sliding into a diving tackle by Eskimos safety Elliott Richardson, which knocked him out of the game.

"Obviously a head shot like that would probably put anybody out," Pierce said. "It had nothing to do with the person or the player."

Another came in Week 7 against the Toronto Argonauts that saw him miss the next three games. But don't expect him to immediately head out of bounds if the opportunity arises tonight.

"I really have a lot of football left in me," Pierce said. "Everything that's been said about the ups and downs, the inconsistencies and the concussions and that kind of stuff, that's all what people say.

"I feel that's part of my game. It earns the respect of the guys around you. It almost kind of gets me into the game a little bit. It lets me know that I'm out there, I'm going. I probably do take too many hits. I'm probably not the smartest player when it comes to that kind of stuff of self-preservation. I am what I am and I've been playing that way my whole life."

"Football's a tough game and sometimes we forget that the quarterbacks are tough athletes, too," said Buono. "Buck sucked it up good. The blood on his jersey, pants I guess, made it look like more old-style football, but football is a game that you've got to pay the price.

"Sometimes the price you pay is a little bit of pain and I thought Buck did a great job of that and probably had his best game of the year."


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