Buck Pierce didn't practice with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Canad Inns Stadium today. But don't count the banged up QB out for this weekend's clash against the Montreal Alouettes.
"It’s sore," Pierce told reporters Wednesday. "I’ve been banged up like this before. It’s not my first time. I know how to recover from it and I know my capabilities. It’s day-to-day right now, but I fully am preparing myself for this weekend."
Though many Bombers fans have been seen posting on forums to sign recently released Argonaut Cleo Lemon, it appears the Bombers will be sticking with backup QB Alex Brink to start Sunday's pivotal matchup should Pierce have to miss the game.
The winner of the game, which will be played in Montreal at 1 p.m. ET (TSN), will decide who stands on top of the Eastern Division for the time being.
The Bombers are also looking shallow in the receiver corps, with draft pick Kito Poblah out for this weekend's matchup with a shoulder injury, and Aaron Hargreaves listed as day-to-day with an ankle injury. The team either expects Hargreaves or rookie Jade Etienne to take his place for Sunday's matchup.
The Bombers also added another non-import receiver to the roster today, signing former Manitoba Bison Ricky Clarke to their practice roster.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Bombers moved Marcellus Bowman to the middle linebacker spot after Joe Lobendahn was ruled out for the rest of the season with a torn right ACL yesterday. Merrill Johnson will move up to start as the weak side linebacker for the remainder of the season.
As for Buck Pierce, his time is running short for the QB to return back to the field.
“I’m not one of those guys can go all week and not practise and just get treatment and then show up to the game and expect to perform well,” said Pierce. “I need to get reps with our guys, and if I’m feeling good throughout the week then we’ll make a decision then.”