Looks like Pierce ready for Bombers return

Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Buck Pierce watches practice in Winnipeg Monday October 03, 2011....

Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Buck Pierce watches practice in Winnipeg Monday October 03, 2011. (QMI Agency/BRIAN DONOGH)

JIM BENDER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:35 AM ET

WINNIPEG - Our best guess is that Winnipeg quarterback Buck Pierce will return to play this weekend.

Pierce, who missed the last two CFL games with a concussion, took a lot of turns with the first-team offence at Blue Bombers practice on Tuesday.

“He’s (Pierce) been cleared to practise but he hasn’t been cleared to play, so I’m sure they will evaluate him after practice and see what they think after that, and (we’ll) find out (Wednesday) what they think,” said Bombers interim head coach Tim Burke.

Should Pierce be cleared to play, he will indeed start against the Argos in Toronto on Friday, Burke confirmed.

“I thought he looked pretty good (at practice),” Burke said. “He’s just so smooth with the ball. I was pretty pleased with what I saw.”

Quarterback Joey Elliott, who started the last two games, also took a lot of turns with the first-team offence on Tuesday.

“If Buck’s healthy, if he’s ready, he’ll be ready to go,” Elliott said. “They haven’t let me know so, I’m sure you guys will find out before I do. That’s how the Twitter works … He looked good. He was going through his reps in the warmup and I’m sure he’ll be ready to go.

“This is the second week it’s happened, so I’m going to prepare the way I have the whole year. You’re always one play away, you never know what’s gonna happen, so you’ve got to take care of your business.”

Not knowing whether he will start again Friday did not seem to phase him.

“Yeah, I’m used to it,” he said. “It’s a tough situation to be in. I’m still upset about the loss and letting my teammates down, and I want to have a better performance from myself.”

Elliott, who quarterbacked the club to a surprise victory over the Alouettes in Montreal two weeks ago, completed 22 of 33 passes for 284 yards in the 32-21 loss to the Calgary Stampeders on Saturday. He also threw four interceptions

“Going back over it in the film, the best thing about it is my eyes were in the right place,” Elliott said. “The reads were where they were supposed to be. It was just more of a ball placement thing on two of them. Then, the others were in zone coverage and I was just trying to find some holes.”


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