Success could earn Pierce rest

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:33 AM ET

WINNIPEG - Don’t blink, or you might miss Buck Pierce on Thursday night at Canad Inns Stadium.

If the second-year Bomber quarterback can get on a roll early, he won’t last long against the Toronto Argonauts in the pre-season finale for both teams.

“We’ll decide as the course of the game goes,” head coach Paul LaPolice said. “We want to get him playing with some of his teammates and get him in a rhythm, but he’s been in a very good rhythm throughout the course of camp.

“If he’s moving the ball very well, we won’t keep him in a long time.”

Pierce won’t be picky. He just wants to toss the ball around for the first time since dislocating his elbow last September.

“It all depends on the rhythm of the game and how things are going and how many possession you get in a half or a quarter,” he said. “If it’s one drive or four quarters, I’m excited to go out there and play.”

MIC’d UP: TSN is trying something new on Thursday night, putting microphones on the two head coaches as well as the first- and second-string quarterbacks.

They won’t just be providing the highlights at the end of each quarter, either. Those watching the broadcast will hear the communication between coach and quarterback after nearly every play.

“I know my mom and grandma will be watching, so I’ll have to watch my language,” Pierce said. “And I probably won’t try and springboard my singing career.”

LaPolice was a little hesitant to go along at first, but he was assured during a Tuesday conference call with the league and TSN officials that nothing secretive will go public.

“It’s an interesting thing for coaches, and it’s a good thing for the fans,” LaPolice said. “It’ll be something I’ll have to keep an eye on myself.”

LOOKING GOOD: This might be reading too much into things, but it sounds as if fifth-round running back Carl Volny has made the team.

“We’re really pleased we were able to pick him up in the fifth round of the draft,” LaPolice said. “We think he’s going to be a good player.”

It makes sense, too, because if Perry Floyd is going to be the team’s designated import on offence, neither Chris Garrett nor Alex Henderson are likely to dress. That would leave Volny as Fred Reid’s backup.

HANGING TOUGH: Damian Sherman aggravated his hamstring injury at practice over the weekend and won’t play Thursday. He’s been out since the first day of rookie camp, which can’t help his chances of making the team.

“We’ll have to go through and have conversations about that,” LaPolice said.

Receivers Aaron Hargreaves (ankle) and Greg Carr (hamstring) will also miss their second straight pre-season games Thursday, while Chris Cvetkovic (calf) and Henoc Muamba (knee) will sit out after getting hurt in last week’s 27-15 loss to Montreal.

LATE HITS: The Bombers topped the 21,000 mark in season ticket sales on Wednesday, and the deadline for purchase is Thursday at noon … As a result of the buddy voucher every season ticket holder receives for the pre-season game, the Bombers are expecting Thursday’s crowd to be near or at capacity ... The forecast calls for a daytime high of 25 C and sunny skies.

Player to watch

Perry Floyd, No. 1

The former Wingate Bulldog has been the undisputed star of training camp. The 5-foot-8ish North Carolina native has done enough to secure at least a backup receiver job, and he can probably cement a roster spot with a few solid returns against the Argos.

Numbers game

5 — Games Buck Pierce started in 2010, his first season with the Bombers.

2 — Games Pierce finished for the Bombers in 2010 due to injuries sustained.

10/1 — The odds, set by bodog.ca, that the Bombers will win the Grey Cup in 2011. Those are the worst odds of the league’s eight teams.


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