Success could earn Pierce rest

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:33 AM ET

WINNIPEG - Dont 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 wont last long against the Toronto Argonauts in the pre-season finale for both teams.

Well 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 hes been in a very good rhythm throughout the course of camp.

If hes moving the ball very well, we wont keep him in a long time.

Pierce wont 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 its one drive or four quarters, Im excited to go out there and play.

MICd 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 wont 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 Ill have to watch my language, Pierce said. And I probably wont 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.

Its an interesting thing for coaches, and its a good thing for the fans, LaPolice said. Itll be something Ill 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.

Were really pleased we were able to pick him up in the fifth round of the draft, LaPolice said. We think hes going to be a good player.

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

HANGING TOUGH: Damian Sherman aggravated his hamstring injury at practice over the weekend and wont play Thursday. Hes been out since the first day of rookie camp, which cant help his chances of making the team.

Well 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 weeks 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 Thursdays 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 leagues eight teams.


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