Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Buck Pierce Out (UPDATED)

It looks like that injury is a little more serious than first thought, as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers announced today that Buck Pierce will miss this week's game against the Edmonton Eskimos.

Pierce was injured in the 3rd quarter of the game on Friday. He was tackled by Ti-Cat Defensive Lineman Demonte Bolden, who landed very awkwardly on Pierce's leg.

I never, ever like to see players get injured, but Pierce's injury is a good thing for Hamilton. Pierce, who was acquired in the off-season from BC, had been playing great football in the first two games and looked to be a real difference maker for the Bombers. He looked especially good against Hamilton in Week 1 and won Player of the Week for his performance in a losing effort against Toronto in Week 2.

Without Pierce, the QB spot is now handed over to Steven Jyles, who was acquired this past off-season from Saskatchewan. Jyles, who came in for Pierce on Friday, looked decent, but not spectacular.

This isn't the first time that Pierce will miss a game because of injury. He was let go by the Lions because of his history of injury problems.

The Bombers have dropped two in a row, including the beating they took at the hands of the Ti-Cats in Week 3. If Winnipeg is to remain a competitive force, they need Buck Pierce.

UPDATE: According to TSN, Buck Pierce will miss 2-4 weeks with a sprained knee.


  1. Seemed like a very innocent play on replay. It certainly wasn't a big hit - Bolden basically fell on his lower leg after being pushed down by the o-lineman, and not with his entire body either.

    I think Buck will be back after a game or two. But recall that Kenton Keith had what was apparently a minor knee injury in camp last year and he didn't play a down after that. We'll see.

  2. Buck's leg did look to get twisted, but it didn't look that bad. I think the best thing for Bomber fans is that it wasn't the shoulder or head. Not that a knee injury is a good thing, but it could be worse.

  3. Just sprained, week to week apparently.

    For all the negative comments out there about Jyles, Michael Bishop clone etc., he has shown well at times (maybe not really last week - though 9/13 for 86 in a quarter and a half isn't bad) and if he plays well this week or/and next the Bombers may have an interesting dilemma on their hands.