Bombers' Pierce expects to be back soon


, Last Updated: 11:51 PM ET

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 Saturdays 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 motions OK, its my side-to-side and we dont like taking chances by doing too much, Pierce said Tuesday. The pain has gone down quite a bit so Im feeling better about that.

I think Ill be back faster than everybody really expected. Im able to ride the bike (Tuesday) and do some things and move around. But I also dont want to push it too hard right now. Well wait until the end of the week and Ill 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.

Its going to be a week-to-week thing, he said. We dont think its going to be an extended injury. Well evaluate him from week to week right now, but I dont think hell be out six weeks. I dont know if hes 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, its very frustrating, especially so early in the year. I wanted to get things going again right here at home. Its very frustrating but Ive been in this situation before and Ill 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 everybodys on the same page and anything they need me to do, Ill 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 didnt 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 Im thankful that its 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 Tuesdays practice, to dress as the No. 3 guy. The 6-foot-2, 216-pound Purdue product was released by the NFLs 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 well keep going.

Elliott, 23, seemed somewhat familiar with the Canadian game.

Lot of points, a lot of offence and its 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, Im able to throw the ball and make a few plays.