Bombers' Elliott ready to go if neededCould get first start since late 2010 on Wednesday
By KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency
|Bombers QB Joey Elliott throws a pass during Friday's game against the Eskimos. There's a possibility that Elliott could get the start in Winnipeg's next game on Wednesday. (Dan Riedlhuber/REUTERS)
WINNIPEG - Should Joey Elliott get the call this week, he’ll be happy to answer.
After the Winnipeg Blue Bombers lost starter Buck Pierce and backup Alex Brink to injury during Friday’s 42-10 loss to the Edmonton Eskimos, there’s a very real possibility Elliott will be making his first CFL start since late in the 2010 season on Wednesday against the Toronto Argonauts.
“I’ll be ready,” said Elliott. “We’ll all be ready.”
Although the game was well out of reach when he entered the game 20 seconds into the fourth quarter, Elliott certainly looked ready as he hit Chris Matthews for a 72-yard touchdown strike on his first play from scrimmage.
“It was able to work out, Chris made a great play,” said Elliott, who was quick to defer the credit.
Elliott showed great understanding of the situation when he was asked to assess his overall play during the fourth quarter.
“I played alright,” said Elliott, noting the defensive coverages he faced were a bit different, given the score. “We’ve been in this situation before, we had this happen versus Toronto a few years ago. You go out there and execute.”
Blue Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice thought Elliott handled himself well, given the circumstances.
The only real blemish was a pass to the end zone headed for Matthews that was intercepted by Eskimos defensive back Joe Burnett.
“He made some throws, got the ball out of his hands,” said LaPolice. “I wish the one in the end zone he could have checked down.”
Elliott was upset by the interception, but explained what he saw developing.
“It’s a one-on-one match-up and (Matthews) is 6-foot-5, you’ve got to give him an opportunity to make a play,” said Elliott.
The Blue Bombers will be back on the field on Sunday and are expected to provide an update on the status of both Pierce and Brink.
Pierce left the game with a left foot injury late in the fourth quarter after he was sacked by Ted Laurent.
Brink, meanwhile, took a blow to the head from Eskimos linebacker J.C. Sherritt that left him woozy and laying on the turf for an extended period of time.
For what it’s worth, Pierce is using a crutch and a walking boot to get around, while Brink took to Twitter to thank fans for their support and to say he was fine.