WINNIPEG - He is like that thoroughbred that was kept in his stall for the last race, getting readied for the next one.
Blue Bombers quarterback Buck Pierce, who sat out of Winnipeg’s last CFL game against Montreal to rest his bruised ribs, is already champin’ at the bit to get back in the starting gate. He was even more anxious after being told to sit out of Monday’s practice.
“I feel good,” said Pierce, who plans to practise Tuesday. I should do everything this week. That’s my mindset anyway. They might have a different plan, but I feel good.”
Pierce added that there is no reason why he cannot return to action when the Bombers take on the Tiger-Cats in Hamilton on Friday. Winnipeg head coach Paul LaPolice, however, wants to see Pierce on the practice field first.
“The decision was to sit me out because of the soreness and not to take another hit on it,” Pierce said. “So yeah, I feel a lot better. I’m looking forward to this week and I’m looking forward to getting back on the field.”
Because Pierce was iffy and backup Alex Brink had suffered a dislocated shoulder, the Bombers sent an SOS to Michael Bishop, who practised Monday. Whether Bishop dresses Friday may depend on Pierce’s status.
The Bombers are feeling better about the quarterback situation after Brink completed 24 of 40 passes for 326 yards and one touchdown, with two picks, in the loss to Montreal. And came within two failed one-yard sneaks of winning it.
“He showed real mental toughness in getting us down there and giving us a chance to win (at the end of the game),” Mack said. “We feel very comfortable that if we had to go to Alex, he gives us a chance to win.”