Pierce hopes to play next week

Bombers QB Buck Pierce suffered a contusion to his quadriceps against the Stamps on Thursday. (QMI...

Bombers QB Buck Pierce suffered a contusion to his quadriceps against the Stamps on Thursday. (QMI Agency/Marcel Cretain)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:46 PM ET

WINNIPEG - The team that started four different quarterbacks in 2010 is facing the prospect of being without its first- and second-string quarterbacks.

Bombers No. 1 gun Buck Pierce has a bruised quadriceps but hopes to play next Saturday in Toronto, while backup Joey Elliott was seen limping badly through the Bomber parking lot on Friday.

Elliott, who took over for Pierce in Thursday's 21-20 loss to the Calgary Stampeders, took a helmet to the knee while making a tackle on a fumble return in the fourth quarter. He finished the game, however.

"He got treatment this morning, so we'll keep an eye on him and have better information on him in the next couple days," head coach Paul LaPolice said.

LaPolice said it was too early to determine if the Bombers (2-1) need another quarterback. Assistant GM Ross Hodgkinson said training camp cut Justin Goltz is an option because he knows the system, and they also have third-stringer Alex Brink and recent addition Brandon Summers.

The good news for the Bombers is they don't play until next Saturday, so Pierce and Elliott will have plenty of time to heal.

Pierce wasn't happy about the two late hits he took from the Stamps, the latter of which caused his injury and ultimately knocked him out of the game. A CFL spokesman said Friday the league didn't expect to dish out supplemental discipline for the hits, which were both deemed roughing-the-passer penalties.

Pierce didn't disagree with suggestions Friday the Stamps crossed the line and were playing dirty.

"Well, there was some late hits," he said. "If teams are going to do that, they have to watch that. The off-season studies and meetings that we had, those are unsportsmanlike hits."

Bombers right tackle Glenn January figures there needs to be a stiffer penalty for late hits on the quarterback.

"This isn't like hockey. You don't have enforcers out there," he said. "The refs did their job. There has to be some kind of deterrent. Fifteen yards for getting a starting quarterback out of the game? It seems like a good deal. I don't know why every team wouldn't take that deal."

LaPolice felt the hits on Pierce were not malicious, and he noted his own defensive end, Odell Willis, delivered a late hit on Henry Burris. The Stamps were also upset about another shot taken at Burris and a spear on Nik Lewis.

"If the league or the officials think somebody's doing it maliciously, I'm sure the league would take action," LaPolice said.

NO CHOKING: Despite reports to the contrary, Bombers defensive back Alex Suber did not swallow his mouth guard on the first play of Thursday's game.

He did suffer a head injury of some kind, however, when making a special teams tackle, but LaPolice said further testing needed to be done to determine its severity.

kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca


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