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Winnipeg Blue Bombers QB Buck Pierce is sacked by Calgary Stampeders defender Marc Calixte during...

Winnipeg Blue Bombers QB Buck Pierce is sacked by Calgary Stampeders defender Marc Calixte during Winnipeg's 21-20 loss at Canad Inns Stadium in Winnipeg on Thursday, July 14, 2011.

Ken Wiebe, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:35 AM ET

Buck Pierce is progressing nicely and plans to be at the controls this weekend when the Winnipeg Blue Bombers travel to Toronto to take on the Argonauts.

The starting pivot was held out of practice on Monday after sustaining an injury to his left quad in Thursday’s 21-20 loss to the Calgary Stampeders, but he should be available when workouts resume on Tuesday.

“I’m feeling better. We had three good days of treatment,” said Pierce, who sat out the second half after sustaining some big and late hits last week. “It was really just resting it for a few days, then (the rehab) was with ice, in the pool, light lifting and just getting back into running.

“I’m moving a little bit more, got a good workout in this morning. I’m looking at (Tuesday) right now. That’s how well I feel.”

That sound you hear is the fans of the Blue and Gold exhaling in unison.

With the loss of Joey Elliott to a season-ending knee surgery, Alex Brink would be bumped into the starting role, should Pierce be unavailable.

However, that won’t factor into the decision-making process for Pierce or head coach Paul LaPolice.

“Not at all,” said Pierce. “My job is to be out there and win games and help our offence be successful. For me, I feel like I’ve got to be there for every week. That’s something I plan on doing.”

Brink expects Pierce to be good-to-go but looks forward to getting a chance to redeem himself after last seasons disappointing start against the B.C. Lions.

“I’m a competitor through and through, so I know that start versus B.C. last year wasn’t a good indication of me as a player,” said Brink. “More than anything, I would love to get out there and show that I’m better than that. My time will come and whenever that is, I’ll be ready.

“I’m much more familiar (with the offence). Just the jump from Year 1 to Year 2 and having two training camps under my belt. A little bit more playing experience. I feel a lot more comfortable than I did at this point last year. In this league, you can go from No. 3 to No. 2 to No. 1 in a matter of days, games, so you’ve got to be ready.”

Blue Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice wasn’t about to proclaim who his starting pivot would be five days before the game, but was encouraged by the news Pierce could be on the field as early as Tuesday.

He made another thing clear: if holding Pierce out one additional week would protect his long-term health and make sure the quad injury is not a lingering issue, that was an option he would consider.

“Absolutely, if (head athletic therapist) Alain (Couture) say it’s not great, we’ll certainly entertain that thought,” said LaPolice. “That was a lot of the reason we did it in the game.

“We’ll evaluate that as we start seeing (Pierce on Tuesday).”

As the QB Turns

Winnipeg Blue Bombers primary options for Saturday’s game vs. Toronto Argonauts

BUCK PIERCE

2011 Stats: 42-for-76 (55.3%) passing, 465 yards, 2 TDs, 4 INTs, seven rushes for 69 yards

Career Stats: 814-for-1,257 (64.8%), 10,279 yards, 56 TDs, 39 INTs, 165 rushes for 1,321 yards

ALEX BRINK

2011 Stats: Zero pass attempts, four rushes for six yards, 1 TD

Career Stats: 15-for-40 (37.5%) passing, 130 yards, 0 TDs, 1 INT, 23 rushes for 73 yards.


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