Buck Pierce has been known to be a quick healer in the past.
But then, he has had a lot of practice.
The Winnipeg quarterback will miss this Saturday’s CFL game against the Edmonton Eskimos with a sprained knee, but perhaps not much longer. The early betting, however, is that Pierce will miss at least two games.
“It looks like a low-grade MCL and with that, my frontward motion’s OK, it’s my side-to-side and we don’t like taking chances by doing too much,” Pierce said Tuesday. “The pain has gone down quite a bit so I’m feeling better about that.
“I think I’ll be back faster than everybody really expected. I’m able to ride the bike (Tuesday) and do some things and move around. But I also don’t want to push it too hard right now. We’ll wait until the end of the week and I’ll do everything I can to just treat it and do everything I can to get myself back as soon as possible.”
Bomber head coach Paul LaPolice is not about to rush Pierce back into action.
“It’s going to be a week-to-week thing,” he said. “We don’t think it’s going to be an extended injury. We’ll evaluate him from week to week right now, but I don’t think he’ll be out six weeks. I don’t know if he’s going to be out two weeks.”
Pierce was at practice wearing a brace but later removed it to ice the knee.
“It could have been a lot worse,” he admitted. “Obviously, it’s very frustrating, especially so early in the year. I wanted to get things going again right here at home. It’s very frustrating but I’ve been in this situation before and I’ll do everything I can do as a leader of this team and as a locker-room guy to do my part and make sure that everybody’s on the same page and anything they need me to do, I’ll be happy to do.”
Yes, Pierce has been hurt rather often before, but this is the first time he has ever suffered any kind of knee injury.
“I was on the way down and my foot stayed in the ground and it just kind of twisted it on me,” said Pierce, 28. “I knew something didn’t feel right. It was a pretty painful injury but they were able to do some things and they were be able to tell right away.
“I was worried that it could be severe. You never want that to happen and I’m thankful that it’s not.”
NEW QB: Steven Jyles will start at quarterback for Winnipeg while Alex Brink will back up. The Bombers signed quarterback Joey Elliott, who was at Tuesday’s practice, to dress as the No. 3 guy. The 6-foot-2, 216-pound Purdue product was released by the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles last month.
“He had a decent arm and put the ball into some tight spots,” LaPolice said. “Buck is going to meet with him and bring him up to speed and we’ll keep going.”
Elliott, 23, seemed somewhat familiar with the Canadian game.
“Lot of points, a lot of offence and it’s quarterback friendly,” said Elliott, who passed for 3,026 yards and 22 touchdowns in his senior college season. “I have a head on my shoulders, I understand concepts, I’m able to throw the ball and make a few plays.”