Pierce unsure about next start

Argo's Ron Flemons drags down Blue Bomber QB Buck Pierce - Dave Thomas / QMI Agency

Argo's Ron Flemons drags down Blue Bomber QB Buck Pierce - Dave Thomas / QMI Agency

Kirk Penton, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:40 PM ET

Buck Pierce always says he needs at least a couple days of practice if he’s going to play in a game.

On Sunday the Winnipeg Blue Bombers starting quarterback wasn’t sure if he’ll be able to do that this week leading up to their critical clash on Friday night against the Montreal Alouettes.

Pierce badly wants to play in the East Division first-place showdown at Canad Inns Stadium, but he admits he needs to prepare.

“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t (want to play), but I need to get a good week of work in and be able to go play,” Pierce said Sunday morning at Winnipeg’s James Richardson International Airport. “That’s the reality of it. If it was just rest for five days, wake up game day and then go, that’s different.

“I have to be able to perform during the week and prepare myself. We’ll see how that goes.”

Pierce had to leave Saturday’s 25-24 loss to the Toronto Argonauts when he aggravated a rib injury he origifinally sustained in the Banjo Bowl on Sept. 11.

“I’m sore. I’ve been sore for a few weeks,” Pierce said. “I just took a good hit on them early, and I knew it was only going to stiffen up and only going to get worse from that point.”

Pierce’s replacement, Alex Brink, also had to leave the game due to an injury to his left, non-throwing shoulder.

“I’m going to get it looked at in the next couple days, but I should be all right,” Brink said Sunday. “I don’t know what happened. I sprained it or something, but the doc wouldn’t let me come back.

“I got good mobility today and everything, so we’ll just see what they say.”

Third-stringer Justin Goltz played the final seven minutes of Saturday’s game but failed to lead the Bombers to victory.

Five other Bombers suffered game-ending injuries on Saturday night. Running backs Fred Reid (knee) and Carl Volny (knee), defensive tackle Doug Brown (shoulder), linebacker Rodney Fritz (hamstring) and offensive lineman Brendon LaBatte (shoulder) will all be evaluated in the next couple of days.

The Bombers still lead the East Division with an 8-4 record, but the Alouettes are just two points back at 7-5.


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