Decision to sit banged-up Pierce easy

JIM BENDER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:54 AM ET

WINNIPEG - Buck Pierce will finally be forced to take a sit to heal up for the Blue Bombers’ home stretch.

The Winnipeg quarterback has been battling sore ribs for weeks and would obviously risk even more extensive injury if he would have exposed them in the CFL game against the Montreal Alouettes on Friday night.

Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice made the decision after Wednesday’s practice when Pierce told him those ribs were even sorer than they were before the Bombers played the Als in Montreal two weeks ago.

“That made the decision easy,” said LaPolice.

“Of course, I’m disappointed,” said Pierce, who never wants to sit. “It’s a decision I think where I will be better off in the long term … It’s sore and it’s going to be sore. I need to rest up and be healthy down the stretch.

“I need to get healthy as soon as possible and put this behind us, then move forward and go from there.”

Pierce will not even dress Friday, with Alex Brink getting the start. Justin Goltz will back up and Brandon Summers will dress for his first CFL game as the No. 3 guy. Goltz will be the designated short-yardage QB.

Pierce promised to help Brink out during the match.

“He just needs to manage the game and take care of the football,” he said. “Anything I can do for him, I will. I’ll be there on the sidelines and be there for him the whole game.”

As The Sun first revealed, the Bombers did rush well-travelled QB Michael Bishop into town late Wednesday, but he will apparently have to wait another week to get any action. Bishop, who was not available for comment, will likely sign a practice roster agreement next week, LaPolice said.

UNDER PRESSURE: With backups at QB and tailback (Chris Garrett), there will be even more pressure on the defence to shut down the Als.

“We go into every game like it’s in our hands so, regardless who’s back there, we’re going to trust them and be behind them,” said defensive back Alex Suber who was a thorn in the side of the Montreal receivers in the last contest.

“At any time, for the defence, it’s ‘If they don’t score, they don’t win.’ So, that’s what we always go in the game saying,” said cornerback Brandon Stewart. “That’s always the plan, to put zeros on the board, and we’re going to do everything we can to help out the ‘O.’”

CH-CHANGES: Aside from Garrett and Summers, KR/REC Tim Brown, DLs Bryant Turner and Deji Oduwole will be added to the roster, along with former University of Manitoba Bisons REC Ricky Clarke, who will dress for his first CFL game (barring last-minute changes) … Coming off the active roster will be injured RBs Fred Reid and Carl Volny, injured DL Doug Brown and Rodney Fritz, LB Dustin Doe and Pierce.


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