Bombers' Pierce Bucks injuries

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:59 PM ET

Buck Pierce sure ran well for a guy coming off a calf injury.

The Bomber quarterback showed why he can be a dangerous offensive weapon in the second quarter when he raced 48 yards for a touchdown.

It was the longest run of his seven-year CFL career.

The 29-year-old dropped back to pass and almost got sacked by Eskimos defensive back David Pittman, but he eluded his grasp and took off. The middle of the field was wide open, and Pierce was barely touched before falling backwards into the end zone.

The touchdown gave the Bombers their first lead of the game, a 12-11 edge, but the Eskimos responded with a field goal on the final play of the first half to take a 14-12 lead into the break.

Pierce missed the fourth quarter of last Thursdayís win over B.C. with a left calf muscle strain, although he left the game after colliding head-first with Lions linebacker Solomon Elimimian.

STEPPING UP: They were already missing Doug Brown due to a foot problem.

Then they lost Dorian Smith to a leg injury in the first half.

Thatís a lot of veteran beef out of the lineup in the second half against the CFLís top rushing team, but it didnít affect the Bombers.

That was never more evident than when the Eskimos tried a draw play on second-and-26 midway through he third quarter. Odell Willis and Don Oramasionwu, who got the start in place of Brown, were there to meet Daniel Porter for a four-yard loss.

Bryant Turner, appearing in just his second CFL game, had a key sack in the fourth quarter that also forced Ricky Ray to fumble.

BOUNCING BACK: Justin Palardy was having one of those nights. He missed from 22 yards in the first quarter and then whiffed from 32 in the second.

After the Bombers recovered a fumbled punt deep in Eskimos territory, Palardy trotted on to the field and calmly drilled a 33-yarder to get the Bombers to within six, at 11-5.

Palardy then followed that up with what might have been the longest kickoff to his career.

REMEMBERING RICHARD: Fans will be able to watch the funeral for Bombers defensive line and assistant head coach Richard Harris.

The funeral will be held on Sunday afternoon at Immanuel Pentecostal Church for family and close friends, but the service will be streamed live at bluebombers.com, beginning at 2 p.m.

Harris passed away on July 26 after suffering a heart attack in his Canad Inns Stadium office.


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