July 29, 2011
Bombers' Brink relieved by win
By KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency
WINNIPEG - Alex Brink was relieved he was able to show what type of quarterback he can be.
Whether the Winnipeg Blue Bombers backup pivot will be preparing for his second career start this week against the Edmonton Eskimos remains to be seen.
One day after Brink engineered a game-winning drive late in the fourth quarter after replacing injured quarterback Buck Pierce, the Bombers insist the left calf injury their starter sustained is nothing to be concerned about.
“He was fine in meetings and will get treatment the next two days and see how he is,” head coach Paul LaPolice said Friday. “We’ll see how it goes.”
Pierce was involved in several big collisions — including a helmet-to-helmet shot from Lions linebacker Solomon Elimimian — that knocked him out of the game early in the fourth quarter, sparking speculation of a concussion.
Pierce was sporting a tensor bandage on his left leg in the locker room after Thursday’s 25-20 victory, but said he’d be fine.
Brink’s performance was encouraging and he was happy to play well against the Lions — the team he struggled mightily against in his first CFL start last October.
“When I went in, I had no second thoughts — I was going go out there and lead us to a touchdown and we were going to win the game,” said Brink, who hit Terrence Edwards for a 22-yard touchdown strike with just over three minutes remaining to put the Bombers up for good. “One of the things after last year’s experience with my first start, I just wanted to get on the field and do something positive and put it all behind me. To go get a win, play well, just made it right.
“It’s the way the world works, maybe a little bit of karma.”
One of the guys happiest for Brink was the man he replaced.
“I’m glad he got an opportunity to go back out there and show what he can do,” said Pierce. “To come in and get a score was great for our offence and great for his confidence.”
Several other Bombers voiced support for Brink.
“I was so impressed by the way Brink came in there. He’s definitely got some different tools,” said defensive tackle Doug Brown. “I saw him running up the middle, and I couldn’t believe it. He was our big package QB sneak guy, and now all of a sudden he looks like Daunte Culpepper in his prime.”
“He knows what he’s doing and he’s very smart,” added centre Obby Khan. “It was great to see him come in there and help us get that win. He stepped up to the plate and good for him, especially after what happened last year (against the Lions). We’re all so proud and happy for him.”
— with files from Kirk Penton