Sears called on carpet

JIM BENDER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:44 PM ET

WINNIPEG - Some have called for his head, demanding he be banished for life.

Others have suggested that Winnipeg defensive back Johnny Sears should be suspended for the rest of the season for his dangerous hit on Toronto quarterback Steven Jyles during a CFL game against the Argos in Winnipeg on Friday.

Sears was ejected from the game for that blow to the head.

Sears will find out his fate at a hearing with CFL commissioner Mark Cohon on Tuesday, a CFL spokesperson confirmed.

A decision on whatever discipline Sears gets will be made afterwards and be announced by a conference call. It is believed to be the first such punishment to be discussed by conference call, so you can expect it to be a stiff one.

Blue Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice has admitted that the hit was indeed an infraction but suggested that Sears is not a dirty player. Sears was flagged for hitting a player out of bounds in Hamilton earlier this season, but that was a borderline call.

The CFL is also reviewing comments made on Twitter regarding the hit, some of them threats by Argos and responses by the Bombers.

No Bombers were available for comment Monday.

If Sears does get suspended, it could affect the Bomber secondary as defensive back Deon Beasley failed to finish Fridays game after suffering a shoulder injury. Both Beasley and Sears have also been returning kickoffs for the Bombers lately.

BUCK DONE?: Meanwhile, there is speculation that Bombers quarterback Buck Pierce could be done for the season with a knee injury. The Bombers have already indicated that backup Alex Brink will start at quarterback when they play against the Stampeders in Calgary this Saturday, with top spot in the East still on the line.

The Bombers have tweeted that his injury will be updated later this week but, once again, no Bomber officials were available for comment.

If quarterback Michael Bishop returns to Winnipeg this week, then you will know that the injury is indeed quite serious. Bishop, however, said Monday he has not heard from the Bombers yet.

Regardless of what happens this weekend, the Bombers will host a playoff game, either the East Final or semifinal. Were guessing they would prefer to have Pierce as their starting quarterback.

ALL QUIET: Even a day after their devastating loss to the Argos on Friday, the Bomber players were really down. But they got a reprieve when the Stamps beat the Alouettes on Sunday. We would have relayed their reaction to our readers but no one was made available except through Twitter accounts.


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