Big Blue sigh of relief

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:46 AM ET

Buck Pierce has 15 pins, plates or screws in his body, not to mention his dubious head history.

So don’t expect a little knee sprain to keep the Bomber quarterback on the shelf for an extended period of time.

Pierce got hurt in just his third game with the Bombers, which can’t be considered a surprise considering injuries had knocked him out of seven of his previous 23 contests before the clock struck zero.

The affected body parts in those cases were his head, shoulder, ribs and ankle. The knee is something different, and it’s believed the sprain could cause him to miss as many as a few weeks of action.

Pierce will sit out Saturday’s home game against Edmonton. The Bombers then head out on the road for games in Calgary and Hamilton, and Pierce’s status is considered week-to-week.

Pierce hasn’t been made available for interviews since sustaining the injury in the third quarter of Friday’s 28-7 loss to Hamilton. He was kept silent because it was initially believed to be a season-ending injury, so there was a huge sigh of relief on Maroons Road when it was determined it wasn’t that serious.

“The knee was sore after the game and in the morning, but I am relieved because it could’ve been worse,” Pierce said in a Bomber-issued press release on Sunday. “I’m looking forward to getting back out there as soon as possible.”

Pierce has completed 66% of his passes for 774 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions in three games. He also had 192 rushing yards in his first two outings. LaPolice said the Bombers can’t wallow over losing their starting quarterback.

“It’s disappointing to lose any starters to injuries, but that’s not something you can really worry about too long because that’s the nature of the business,” LaPolice said. “You just roll up your sleeves, go to the next guy and do what he can do well.”

LATE HITS: Defensive back Alex Suber and running back Daryl Stephenson are expected to be back on the practice field Tuesday. It’s not yet known if safety Ian Logan (hamstring) will be good to go … LaPolice was scheduled to chat with the CFL director of officiating Tom Higgins on Sunday about Kevin Glenn’s fumble/non-fumble in the third quarter of Friday’s game. “I’ll speak to that later in the week once I have a phone conversation on just what the ruling was exactly and why,” LaPolice said … The Bombers face a winless team, the 0-3 Eskimos, for the second week in a row, and LaPolice said his team better be ready. “They’re probably the best 0-3 football team I’ve seen in a long time,” he said.

kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca


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