Bombers not counting out QBs

JIM BENDER

, Last Updated: 12:56 AM ET

WINNIPEG - You can never count Buck Pierce out.

Winnipeg’s oft-injured quarterback would likely be better off to sit out this Friday’s encounter with the Montreal Alouettes to nurse his bruised ribs back to health for the CFL’s home stretch. Just don’t bet on it.

In fact, both Pierce and backup Alex Brink (shoulder) could be ready to suit up Friday.

“Neither of our quarterbacks are as bad as we had feared,” Bombers GM Joe Mack said Monday. “Not long term. We will keep an eye on them this week before we decide whether we need to make a move there.”

That means the Bombers could bring in another QB this week.

Brink has already tweeted that he will practise Tuesday while Pierce is expected to sit out the team’s first practice.

“It’s going to be tough because it’s a short week, but if I can get ready, I’ll get ready to go,” Pierce said upon returning from Toronto on Sunday.

Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice sounded like he was not about to rush Pierce back into action.

“I want him to be able to be healthy,” he said. “Some guys can play through a little bit of pain, but you’ve gotta be able to move around.”

Third-stringer Justin Goltz, who just about pulled a win out of the fire in the late stages, is ready for more action.

“I’ll be ready in any circumstances now,” he assured. “With the stuff that’s been happening, you never know what’s going to go on.”

Goltz, who completed three of six passes for 36 yards and one touchdown, never expected to get any action in T.O.

“Definitely not,” he said. “There’s been weirder things that have happened here, right? That’s what you’re paid to do, prepare just in case the situation arises. It came up, so you’ve gotta go in and do the best you can with the most you got left.

“It was definitely different, but we scored a touchdown and had we not gotten that offside penalty, we’re kicking a field goal to win the game after all was said and done. It was just a wild night for everybody.”

It was so wild that even cornerback Jovon Johnson, a QB in high school, offered to go in.


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