Printers to dress as Lions' third-stringer on Friday Staff

10/6/2009 6:33:28 PM

Casey Printers will make his sideline debut and dress as the third-string quarterback when the Lions take the field against the Edmonton Eskimos.

"It's just another step," Printers told the TEAM 1040 Tuesday. "I'm excited about it and excited to be a part of the team, and being able to help the team from the sidelines and do my part. It's about whatever I can do to help the team."

While he doesn't expecrt to see the field, Printers hasn't spoken to head coach Wally Buono about that potential, either.

"To me, I think that's inappropriate to address right now," Printers told the TEAM 1040. "Buck Pierce is the starter on this football team, and that's period, point-blank and right now I'm here as a support guy. I'm practicing right now to get my skills up to where they need to be and I'm trying to help out as much as possible and to include myself as a teammate and be as helpful as possible."

"It's not really about me and when I'm going to get onto the field and all that good stuff. It's about the BC Lions getting another win to move closer to our goal, which is to host a playoff game and try to get to first place. That's very doable and the opportunities are right in front of us. So, with time things will happen as they should."

After two injury-riddled seasons with the Tiger-Cats, in which he threw for six touchdowns, 14 interceptions and a less-than-impressive 53.0 completion percentage, Printers found himself out of the CFL. By signing with B.C. he returned to where his Canadian Football career began.

After returning from a stint as a member of the National Football League's Kansas City Chiefs, Printers returned to the CFL and spent two seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats until 2008.

Printers originally joined the Lions in 2003 but saw little playing time. The following season, he stepped in for an injured Dave Dickenson and threw for 5,000 yards en route to being named the CFL's Most Outstanding Player. But after guiding the Lions to victory in the West Final, Buono opted to start a healthy Dickenson in the Grey Cup against the Toronto Argonauts, a game the Lions lost 27-19 with Printers never seeing the field.

Prior to the 2005 season, he declined an offer for a three-year extension from the Lions, which resulted in an awkward quarterback controversy. The following year, he turned down another extension before signing with the Kansas City Chiefs.