Bombers' Pierce says he’ll be ready for T.O.

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:46 PM ET

WINNIPEG - Buck Pierce came off the practice field, which could have been mistaken for an oven on Tuesday, and made sure one thing was crystal clear.

"For the record, I don't have heat stroke," the Bomber quarterback joked after he was asked if his biggest concern this week was dealing with the 34 C temperatures and a humidex that made it feel like a smothering 44 C.

Pierce was at the controls of the first-team offence on Tuesday, five days after leaving a 21-20 loss to the Calgary Stampeders with a badly bruised quadriceps. He didn't do much running, but he didn't appear to have any trouble slinging the ball either.

"I was moving around better today," Pierce said. "So hopefully tomorrow it will feel better."

The quarterback said if it was Saturday he'd be playing. Then he noted it wasn't Saturday yet.

"I'll be ready to go," he said.

So even though all appears to be well, doubts remain about whether or not he'll be able to be under centre on Saturday when the Bombers visit the Argos in Toronto.

If Pierce isn't able to show the mobility required to start a CFL game, backup Alex Brink would get the call in his place.

SPEAKING OF THE HEAT: The Bombers practised 35 minutes longer than they were supposed to on Tuesday, which couldn't have been fun in the stifling conditions.

LaPolice made sure the players drank plenty of water, and offensive lineman Brendon LaBatte left the workout a few minutes early as a precautionary measure.

If nothing else, LaPolice said, the sultry weather will get them ready for southern Ontario in the middle of July.

"Every time we go there it's hot and humid, so this is preparing us for the game," he said.


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