Bombers Elliott done for the year

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have lost backup quarterback Joey Elliott for the remainder of the season...

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have lost backup quarterback Joey Elliott for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL in his left knee. (MARCEL CRETAIN/QMI Agency Files)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:05 PM ET

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are in serious trouble when it comes to the most important position on the field.

The Bombers (2-1) have lost backup quarterback Joey Elliott for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL in his left knee. Elliott, who suffered the injury in Thursday’s loss to the Calgary Stampeders, will have surgery and require about six months of rehabilitation.

“It’s extremely unfortunate to have my season cut short with this injury,” Elliott said. “I’m going to miss stepping into the huddle and look forward to getting back at it next season.”

Making matters worse for the Bombers is the fact starter Buck Pierce suffered a badly bruised left quadriceps muscle on Thursday and is questionable for next Saturday’s game in Toronto against the Argos.

If Pierce can’t go against the Boatmen, third-stringer Alex Brink would likely get the start. It’s believed the Bombers are bringing back training camp cut Justin Goltz, and they also have recent practice roster addition Brandon Summers in the fold.

Elliott got hurt with four minutes left in Thursday’s game when Stamps defensive back Keon Raymond, who was returning a fumble, fell awkwardly into the quarterback’s knee.

Elliott lay on the turf for a few seconds but walked to the bench and finished the contest, which the Bombers lost 21-20 for their first setback of the season.

The Bombers are scheduled to return to the practice field on Monday.


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