Bombers' Pierce still questionable

Injured Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Buck Pierce watches the game against the Montreal...

Injured Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Buck Pierce watches the game against the Montreal Alouettes from the sidelines in Winnipeg on September 30, 2011. (REUTERS/Fred Greenslade)

Kirk Penton, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:07 AM ET

WINNIPEG - Paul LaPolice remains unsure if quarterback Buck Pierce will be able to start on Friday night in Hamilton against the Tiger-Cats.

If Pierce can’t go for the second straight week due to bruised ribs, at least the Bomber coach will be able to rest a little easier after Alex Brink’s performance on Friday night against the Montreal Alouettes.

Despite putting just six points on the board in three-plus quarters, Brink got a thumbs up from LaPolice after the valiant comeback attempt fell short.

“Alex performed well,” LaPolice said. “That’s a pretty good team, Montreal, and he moved the ball pretty well for the most part. When we were down, he didn’t cave in.

“He put us in a position to win the game. He threw a nice touchdown. Even in the first quarter we moved the ball pretty well.”

After an adjustment to the stats on Saturday, Brink’s official line was 25-for-40 for 326 yards, one touchdowns nd two interceptions. He also fumbled once in just his second career start.

He performed much better than in his debut last year, when he was 4-for-18 for 61 yards against the B.C. Lions, but he took little solace in that fact.

“I feel just as bad about this start as I did about my other start,” Brink said. “This is a loss.”

LOOKING AHEAD: The last five weeks of the season should be exciting, with three teams in the hunt to finish first in the East Division.

The Bombers and Alouettes are both 8-5, they meet at Canad Inns Stadium on Oct. 22 to determine the season series, and the combined winning percentages of their final five opponents are both .508.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats, meanwhile, are two points back at 7-6 but have the easiest schedule of the three teams. Hamilton has already lost the season series against Winnipeg but could still win it against Montreal.

The Bombers, who have lost four of five games, visit the Tiger-Cats on Friday night in what will be a massive divisional clash.

“Hamilton is a good football team that’s playing well,” LaPolice said. “We have to get focused. If we’re not ready to play Hamilton and worry about this past loss, it’ll be a long night.

“We just gotta get a win, just gotta get two points, and then let the other stuff take care of itself.”

LATE HITS: LaPolice is hopeful defensive tackle Doug Brown (shoulder) will be able to play on Friday … The defensive end duo of Fernand Kashama (hand) and Kenny Mainor (undisclosed) suffered Winnipeg’s only injuries on Friday, but they aren’t believed to be serious … Bombers receiver Aaron Hargreaves set career highs on Friday night with five catches for 63 yards.


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