Pierce rests banged-up body

Pierce unloads the ball against the Toronto Argonauts during CFL play in Winnipeg on July 8. (Brian...

Pierce unloads the ball against the Toronto Argonauts during CFL play in Winnipeg on July 8. (Brian Donogh/QMI Agency)

Kirk Penton, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:49 PM ET

Buck Pierce was one of about half a dozen Winnipeg Blue Bombers who took a pass on Sunday’s practice to rest their aching bones.

 

Not that he wanted to, of course. The quarterback was under strict orders from head coach Paul LaPolice to take it easy after suffering a charley horse in Friday’s win over Toronto.

“Any time you’re not able to participate, where they say, ‘Hey, have an extra day and just relax’, I’ll take it,” Pierce said. “But I still want to be out there practising. I’m fine. I feel good. I’ll be ready to go.”

Other players taking the day off included slotback Terrence Edwards, defensive tackle Doug Brown, fullback Scott McHenry, middle linebacker Joe Lobendahn and cornerback Deon Beasley.

“Hopefully we get a lot of guys back (Monday),” said head coach Paul LaPolice, who almost suffered his own injury when cornerback Brandon Stewart’s pass back to the centre hit him in the head.

Receiver Greg Carr is still nursing a hamstring pull, but was jumping rope on Sunday and is possible for Thursday’s game against Calgary. Linebacker Henoc Muamba (knee) was running sprints and also appears to be close to returning.

Strong-side linebacker Clint Kent, who has missed the first two games with an ankle injury, took part in Sunday’s abbreviated session and felt positive about it afterwards.

“I’m taking it day by day,” Kent said. “It felt good today, so we’ll see.”

If Kent returns, expect Jonathan Hefney to return to the secondary and push Beasley, if healthy, to the role of sixth defensive back.

LOOK GOOD, PLAY GOOD?: LaPolice hasn’t decided if he’s going to stick with the retro royal blue uniforms his squad wore to victory on Friday.

“We’re not sure what we’re going to wear,” LaPolice said. “I think I have some say, but I wouldn’t say it’s my final call.”

Nary a bad word is uttered about the uniforms that were worn in the 80s, and LaPolice is a big fan of them as well.

QUOTABLE: “I wouldn’t want to have to come in here and play this defence.”

— Buck Pierce, talking about the Bomber D, which is off to a hot start.

LATE HITS: Defensive end Kenny Mainor did some work with the punt team on Sunday, which is a hint he’ll be making his CFL debut this week in place of the injured Jason Vega (knee).

 


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