Bombers QB Pierce won't play
By JIM BENDER, QMI Agency
|Blue Bombers QB Buck Pierce at Canad Inns Stadium during team practice in Winnipeg on Wednesday, October 3, 2012. (QMI Agency/CHRIS PROCAYLO)
WINNIPEG - Winnipeg quarterback Buck Pierce will make the trip to Montreal.
But he won't play.
Pierce, who will miss the game against the Alouettes on Thanksgiving Monday with a concussion, will tag along to help Blue Bombers offensive co-ordinator Gary Crowton in the spotters' booth.
"He's (Pierce) gonna be in the press box with Gary," Bombers head coach Tim Burke said Saturday. "He's been really great for Gary when he wasn't playing because he sees so much, so Gary doesn't have to concentrate as much on what the defensive coverage was. He can concentrate on what the offensive players are doing. So, Buck can watch the coverage and tell him what it was, and the little things you see up there."
Although Pierce was in full uniform and throwing passes during the early part of Saturday's practice, Burke did not know if he has been cleared to practice next week.
Joey Elliott will replace Pierce as the starter in Montreal while import receiver Isaac Anderson will replace Clarence Denmark, who went home for is father's funeral.
"Other quarterbacks have a little more experience but I throw experience out the window," Elliott said. "It's your job if you want to be the starting quarterback for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to be successful in the offence."
Justin Goltz will dress as the third-stringer.
Bombers defensive end Jason Vega missed Saturday's practice to attend the funeral of his girl friend's mother but he will play in Montreal, Burke said.
The Bombers, meanwhile, enjoyed a shorter but spirited practice on Saturday.
"I think our enthusiasm's been good all week," said Burke, who has been preaching the fun aspect to his players who are wallowing at 3-10. "It's just that when it's cold, they're enthusiastic in a lower-key manner, I guess … I think we'll play better if they don't have that pressure on them all the time."