WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers want some veteran insurance at quarterback, so they’re bringing back a familiar face.
Michael Bishop, who played for the Bombers during the disastrous 2009 campaign under Mike Kelly, is scheduled to fly to Winnipeg from Texas on Wednesday and will join the team’s practice roster.
The Bombers are still hopeful Buck Pierce, who is suffering from bruised ribs, will be able to start Friday night’s critical clash against the Montreal Alouettes.
They were no doubt alarmed, however, when they lost Pierce and backup Alex Brink to injury during Saturday night’s 25-24 loss to Toronto and finished the contest with third-stringer Justin Goltz.
Bishop served as pivot insurance for the Calgary Stampeders earlier this season when backup Drew Tate went down with a shoulder injury. Bishop served as Henry Burris’ backup in Winnipeg in Week 3, and he saw a much better situation than the one he went through two seasons ago.
“You can definitely sense a different atmosphere,” Bishop told the Sun on Tuesday night from his Texas home.
Bishop, 35, has also played for the Toronto Argonauts, Saskatchewan Roughriders and Stampeders since coming to the CFL in 2002. He played in Saskatchewan in 2008 under current Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice, who was the Roughriders’ offensive co-ordinator that season.
Bishop joined the Blue and Gold in July 2009 after Stefan LeFors suffered a shoulder injury and immediately became their starter. He completed only 50.4% of his passes for 3,035 yards, 15 touchdowns and 20 interceptions, but he was working in a dysfunctional offensive system under Kelly and offensive co-ordinator Manny Matsakis.
Bishop, who has a cannon for an arm, has been throwing every day to remain sharp in case a CFL team came calling.