Smart money's on Brink starting

JIM BENDER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:49 AM ET

WINNIPEG - Bet that truck that Alex Brink will be the Blue Bombers’ starting quarterback Friday.

After quickly recovering from a dislocated left shoulder, Brink worked with Winnipeg’s starting offence at Tuesday’s practice while Buck Pierce rested his sore ribs.

The Bombers only have two full days to prepare for the Montreal Alouettes, the defending CFL champions, and whomever is at the helm will have to get comfortable with a new running back.

Pierce was knocked out of the game against the Argos in Toronto on Saturday after he took yet another hit on those bruised ribs, but is not ready to sit just yet.

“There’s always a chance,” he said Tuesday. “I’ll never rule anything out but they’re pretty sore today and we’ll continue to do what we do, and I’ll work my magic and I’ll try to get back.

“You want to start and play every game and that’s my goal, but I also have to take care of myself. So, I have to be smart and do the right thing at this point of the season. If there’s a chance of me going and I feel good, then I’m going to go.”

But Pierce does not even know if he will be able to practise Thursday.

“Obviously, I have to do some work this week and get some reps and do some things,” he said. “But the coaching staff is wanting to put me in the right position as well. They’re not wanting to put me in harm’s way and I won’t do that. I have to feel comfortable in it.”

So does head coach Paul LaPolice.

“If he can move, if he can play like he played in Montreal a couple of weeks ago, we would play him,” he said. “If he can’t, we’ll put Alex on … I’ll make sure I protect (Pierce), that’s my job.”

LaPolice was feeling more comfortable after seeing Brink practise.

“Alex looks fine,” he said. “Even during the game, he said he could go back in but you’ve got to be a little cautious. But Alex threw the ball well and moved well.”

Brink completed 10 of 13 passes for 68 yards with one pick before he suffered his injury Saturday.

“I felt good about the things I did for a couple of quarters there,” he said.

“I felt like I was seeing things really well, getting some good completions and moving the football. But again, we’ve got to finish …

“I’m going to be available to play. Whether or not I start, that decision’s going to be made later in the week.”

Brink added that no extensive damage was detected in his shoulder and it will be taped up for the game.

“I was dealing with a little stiffness but no pain,” he said.


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