Elliott to start at QB for Bombers; Pierce not cleared to play

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10/11/2012 11:44:56 AM
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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers will be turning to Joey Elliott once again when they host the Calgary Stampeders on Saturday as starting pivot Buck Pierce did not receive medical clearance to return to the field.

Elliott, who was among the Gibson's Finest Players of the Week for leading the Blue Bombers to a 27-22 victory over the Montreal Alouettes on Monday, will once again take the snaps at QB.

In the upset win, Elliott was 17 for 25 with three touchdowns and 335 yards passing and did not throw an interception.
Pierce has been out since being on the receiving end of a hit from Toronto Argonauts linebacker Brandon Isaac on September 29, which knocked him out of the game with a concussion.

The Blue Bombers starting quarterback was also sidelined in July with a foot injury and was only in the second game since his return when he was injured in the loss to the Argonauts.

Despite having two of their four wins, Elliott said after practice on Wednesday that he is ready to give the reins back to Pierce when he is ready to return to the position.

"For our organization and the franchise, Buck's our quarterback, and they're going to stay behind that 110 per cent," said Elliott. "When he's healthy, he's going to be ready to go."

That won't be for at least one more week as Elliott will be charged with trying to reverse the 44-3 loss the Bombers suffered at the hands of the Stampeders when they met in Week 12.

Joey Elliott  (Photo: The Canadian Press)


(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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