WINNIPEG -- Buck Pierce, just 32 days after he dislocated his right elbow, threw a football dozens of times on Thursday.
Not only that, but the bottom part of his humerus, just above the elbow, is still broken and the joint's ligaments haven't completely healed. So the question had to be asked: Buck, are you nuts?
"The jury's still out on that," he said with a laugh.
The Bomber training staff gave Pierce the green light to go ahead and make several tosses with a lighter-than-regulation football. He has undergone continuous and aggressive rehabilitation since dislocating his elbow in Regina during the Labour Day Classic. He called Thursday's development "a huge step."
"We're still waiting for the fracture to heal, but the range of motion has come back quicker than expected," said Pierce, who still wears a brace a few hours each day. "My hat's off to the training staff for getting me where I am.
"I probably did a little bit more than they wanted me to do today."
In case you're wondering, it is a coincidence that Pierce was back throwing one day after the Bombers changed quarterbacks, from Steven Jyles to Alex Brink. Pierce is still 10 weeks away from full recovery, which means he won't play again this year.
He does, however, want to prove to the Bomber brass that he is working hard to get back to full strength and will be ready to go next season.
"I'm thinking of getting back as soon as possible, show the organization that my arm will be able to perform at a high level and come back strong, if not stronger," Pierce said.
"It feels good. Is it there yet? No, but it's just a great sign for me personally to work that hard and know that I will be able to throw a football soon."
ROSTER WATCH: Slotback Terrence Edwards and running back Fred Reid, along with defensive tackle Doug Brown, took veteran days on Thursday but are expected to be fine.
Punter Mike Renaud also missed the workout, due to the flu, as did defensive end Deji Oduwole (back spasms).
Jonathan Hefney, who needed a week to get re-acclimated to the CFL, is back at the short-side halfback position he manned last season, so Jovon Johnson has returned to cornerback.
Deon Beasley is going to wide-side cornerback, which squeezed Brandon Stewart out of the starting lineup once again. Stewart will be the sixth defensive back, while Alex Suber remains at wide-side halfback.
THE FREAK RETURNS: The Calgary Stampeders signed former Bomber linebacker Siddeeq Shabazz to their practice roster on Thursday.