LaPolice mum on Bombers starting QB

Backup quarterback Alex Brink took the bulk of the snaps with the first-string offence against the...

Backup quarterback Alex Brink took the bulk of the snaps with the first-string offence against the first-team defence at Winnipeg Blue Bombers practice Wednesday at Canad Inns Stadium.

Ken Wiebe, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:16 AM ET

Buck Pierce looks and sounds like a guy who should be under centre this Saturday when the Winnipeg Blue Bombers face the Toronto Argonauts in a pivotal East Division battle.

“That’s my plan. We’ll see what happens, but physically I feel like I should be good and that’s what I’m focusing on,” said Pierce, who is coming off a left quad injury that knocked him out of the second half last Thursday. “It feels better than it did (Tuesday), I just want to make sure it keeps improving and getting better.”

However, a sliver of doubt remains after backup quarterback Alex Brink took the bulk of the snaps with the first-string offence when facing the first-string defence on Wednesday.

Blue Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice said that not unveiling his starting quarterback by mid-week has nothing to do with trying to gain any sort of competitive advantage this weekend against the Argos.

“I don’t know. I have an idea but I’m not going to confirm until it’s confirmed for me — I’m not trying to be deceitful or anything, we’re just trying to get it right,” said LaPolice. “(Pierce) is pretty resilient. He’s moving around well enough to escape things, to protect himself and be in position to scramble. We just want to make sure he has full range of mobility and that there’s no soreness or anything. We’ll see.”

When asked specifically about using Brink more with the first teamers, LaPolice said it was simply a matter of trying to get the second-year pivot some additional reps.

Brink is enjoying the extra time with the first unit and after getting elevated to second string, he’s preparing like he’s going to play — just like he would in any week.

“It’s nothing new, it’s not a surprise and it’s something I’m ready for,” said Brink, noting he hasn’t been told who is starting Saturday. “It doesn’t matter at all. As the No. 2 guy, you have to prepare like you’re going to see time.”

WALKING WOUNDED: The status of receiver Greg Carr for this weekend’s game has been downgraded to doubtful.

Carr, who is suffering from a leg injury and hasn’t played since Week 1, re-aggravated the injury and didn’t take part in Wednesday’s workout.

NO INTEREST IN KORNEGAY: According to LaPolice, the Blue Bombers are not among the teams apparently showing interest (“Not right now”) in import defensive back Tad Kornegay, who was released by the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Tuesday night.

One of the reasons Kornegay was released was to make room for import Remond Willis — who attended training camp with the Blue Bombers — to start at defensive end.

 


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