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Friendship with Buck can wait, says Edwards

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Outside the game, Bombers receiver Terrence Edwards still considers former Bomber and current B.C. Lions pivot Buck Pierce a friend.

But if Pierce should get behind centre in tomorrow night’s game against the visiting B.C. Lions, well, that friendship can wait. With the Lions’ top pivot Travis Lulay out with a shoulder injury, Pierce is the back-up to B.C. starter Thomas DeMarco. (Third on the depth chart: another former Bomber quarterback, Joey Elliott.)

"I really do hope he gets to play, and play against his old teammates," Edwards said today, after the Bombers wrapped up their walk-through for Friday night’s game. "Hopefully, we go in, hit him a few times, see what happens. I hope he gets some treatment."

All in good fun, to be clear. Nothing that’s going to worsen Pierce’s injury history. "At the end of the day, I wish him well and don’t wish anything harmful on him," Edwards said.

If it’s a little strange for the Bombers to be going up against a team that features two of their very recent former pivots, that just goes to show how few capable quarterbacks there are around the CFL, Bombers head coach Tim Burke said. "I think the teams that are doing really well, have really good quarterbacks," he said. "Not only is it hard to have a number one who’s really good, now it’s hard to find a back-up who can get you out of a game with a win as well."

For the Bomber pivots, Max Hall gets the start again, but Jason Boltus will serve as his back-up, while Justin Goltz will slip to number three. That’s a sure thing this week, Burke added – last week, he originally told media that Boltus was the back-up, but it was Goltz who came in when Hall was injured.

Burke later said that there had been a miscommunication, and that the Bombers were only planning to put Boltus in the game if it was a blowout on either side. This time, though, Boltus will be the back-up even if the game is close, Burke confirmed.

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