Pierce playing waiting game

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:03 AM ET

Buck Pierce has no idea if he’ll be ready to play this weekend against the Calgary Stampeders.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers star quarterback doesn’t have a crystal ball and wasn’t about to get into the prediction business when asked if he might offer a guess or an estimate as to how likely it was he could be behind centre on Saturday night at McMahon Stadium.

“It’s too early to tell right now,” Pierce said Tuesday afternoon at Canad Inns Stadium. “Throughout the week, we’ll know more. This was the first day where I’ve been able to do as much as I have done and we’ll see how it feels (Wednesday). The big thing is does it get sore and to see how it feels the day after.

“For now, I’ll continue to get as much treatment as I can and do a little bit more every day. Not try to push through pain, but push it to the point where I can test myself.”

Pierce was mostly a spectator on Tuesday as he wasn’t in pads and didn’t participate in the actual practice.

However, he did get in some early work with the quarterbacks, making plenty of throws and even mixing some drop-backs into his repertoire.

“It’s definitely feeling a lot better than it did a week ago,” said Pierce, who sprained his knee in the third week of the season against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. “I’m able to do some more things than last week and I was able to run around a little bit. I’m feeling pretty good. I’m champing at the bit a little bit, like I always am. But I still have to stay smart right now and listen to what they tell me.”

Listening to what both the training staff and coaching staff are saying may ultimately determine when Pierce is back in the lineup, but he’s not ready to rule out this week’s game either.

“We’re just going to take it day-to-day right now and see how it feels,” said Pierce. “It’s frustrating that I don’t get to be out there on the field and play the game I love to play, but I feel I can contribute in other ways as well.

“You have to give it time to heal and last week I was giving it time to heal. I feel good but if I would have had to go out and play a game (Tuesday) I wouldn’t have been able to do that. We’ll continue to do more and more each day and hopefully the swelling goes down and the pain goes away as well.”

Blue Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice was happy to see Pierce making progress, but reiterated it’s much too early to tell if he’ll be activated from the one-game injured list.

“Absolutely, you’re always encouraged when guys start doing more,” said LaPolice. “Buck is getting better, but it’s an ongoing process and we’ll see how his injury is later in the week. We’ll evaluate it day-to-day.”

If Pierce is unable to go, Steven Jyles will make the third start of his CFL career and the second straight for the Blue and Gold.

LaPolice wouldn’t bite when asked if Pierce missing practices would automatically rule him out of this week’s game.

“It would depend on the person,” said LaPolice. “Maybe a rookie, it would be real hard without any practice but with a veteran who has seen a lot of things, you could plug him in when he’s healthy, even with missing a practice or a couple practices. It’s usually an individual thing.”

ken.wiebe@sunmedia.ca


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