Bombers' Buck gets go-ahead

Bombers quarterback Buck Pierce (right) sports a brace on his right knee as head coach Paul...

Bombers quarterback Buck Pierce (right) sports a brace on his right knee as head coach Paul LaPolice conducts practice Thursday at Canad Inns Stadium. (JASON HALSTEAD/QMI Agency)

Kirk Penton, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:43 AM ET

WINNIPEG - The latest instalment of the Buck Pierce Watch has ended in good news for Winnipeg’s No. 1 quarterback.

Head coach Paul LaPolice gave a resounding “sure” when asked on Thursday if Pierce would get the start in Sunday’s East Final against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

“Sure, let’s declare him,” LaPolice said. “We’ve been monitoring how his movements are. It’s been fine. He’s been throwing the ball accurately. So we’ll expect him to start.”

Pierce sprained his right knee on Oct. 28 and missed the regular-season finale against Calgary. The bye week allowed him to heal up and be on the field this weekend for his third career playoff start. It will be his 17th start in 19 games this season.

“It feels good. It feels fine,” Pierce said. “No complaints.”

Pierce has a 7-4 mark as the quarterback of record against the Ticats in his career. Hamilton has knocked Pierce out of a game five times due to injury.

NO LOOKING BACK: Terrence Edwards doesn’t think about what might have been in 2008 when he missed the East Semifinal against the Edmonton Eskimos with a broken rib.

Edwards, who was the team’s second-leading receiver that season with 1,010 yards, didn’t practise all week leading up to the game, but the Bombers said he was going to play. Only the day before did the team’s brass indicate Edwards was going to be a game-time decision with a “foot problem.”

Edwards didn’t play, the Bombers lost 29-21, and head coach Doug Berry was fired four days later.

“There was no way I could’ve played that game,” Edwards said. “If there was a way, I would’ve played.”

The 32-year-old refuses to play the what-if game considering his presence might have made a difference.

“No, not at all. I’m living in the present right now,” Edwards said. “We got a great opportunity at hand.”

ONCE MORE: The Bombers and their fans will send Canad Inns Stadium out on a sellout, which is a fitting tribute to the 58-year-old facility.

The team on Thursday announced that the East Final is a sellout and 500 temporary seats are available for purchase at $35.

Including the regular-season, it will be the eighth straight sellout for the Blue and Gold. And they’re handing out ThunderStix to every fan, so bring your ear plugs.

LATE HITS: Aaron Hargreaves will keep his starting role at strong-side wide receiver, meaning Kito Poblah may not dress for Sunday’s game … By our count, the Bombers will be making six roster changes for the East Final … All signs point to linebacker Rodney Fritz returning to the lineup after missing six games with a hamstring injury … The Tiger-Cats made an appearance on popular American sitcom Modern Family on Wednesday night. During a scene in the main characters’ living room, Ticats backup quarterback Quinton Porter could be seen on the television.

 


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