Pierce: 'In my mind I'm playing'

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:25 AM ET

WINNIPEG - Buck Pierce is still sore, but he looks and feels ready to take on the Montreal Alouettes on Sunday.

“In my mind I’m playing,” the Bombers quarterback told reporters after a practice Thursday during which he guided the first-team offence, moved around with ease and made several excellent throws.

That doesn’t mean he didn’t feel pain every time he tossed the pigskin.

“I’m still sore,” Pierce said. “It’s only been three days, but I feel better than I did yesterday. I tried to do everything I could today and throw every ball I’m going to throw in the game and continue to push my limits a little bit.

“But I feel good. If we stay on this course, I should look forward to this weekend.”

Pierce injured his ribs in the first quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He didn’t take part in Wednesday’s practice and said he would need to be on the field for at least two days if he was going to play on Sunday.

One down, one to go.

“I’m feeling better,” he said. “I’ll continue to get the treatment and hopefully get feeling as close to 100% as possible.”

Head coach Paul LaPolice will wait to see how Pierce feels on Friday morning before thinking about making a call on his quarterback for Sunday’s big game.

“He moved well, and he threw the ball well,” LaPolice said.

“He had some nice throws to Clarence Denmark down field. So those are the things you want to look for.”

Pierce figures the training staff will want him to don some extra padding on Sunday if he plays, but he won’t wear it if it restricts what he can do on the field. Pierce put a flak jacket on at half-time of Sunday’s game and said it felt “fine.”

If Pierce has a setback or it’s determined his ribs are too sensitive for him to play, backup Alex Brink would get the start.


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