Blue Bomber Report Record: 7–11–0
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So how long will Buck Pierce be out?
The Bombers didn’t provide a timetable for Buck Pierce and his dislocated right elbow but from the sounds of it, it’s going to be a month-to-month proposition. It’s an injury that requires a significant amount of rest before the joint can be used in the way it was prior to ‘popping out,’ so the quarterback’s season could be done. Here are a couple instances where athletes have suffered a similar injury:
1. Toronto Argonauts receiver Jermaine Copeland was given a 4-6 week timetable for his dislocated elbow (suffered earlier this season). He’s nearly four weeks into his rehab, and some feel he’ll still be another four weeks from returning. Keep in mind: Copeland only catches the ball, he doesn’t throw it.
2. Another recent elbow dislocation occurred in the NBA. Milwaukee Bucks centre Andrew Bogut suffered a dislocated elbow last April and according to reports, he is just getting back to 100 per cent now (he had a fluid build-up in the joint, which delayed his progress). Regardless, it’s been five months since his injury.
So depending on the specifics of the Pierce injury (specifics like possible ligament damage, which head coach LaPolice did not know Monday), the quarterback could be looking at a three-month stint on the shelf, as the elbow will need to strengthen to handle the force of the football throwing motion. That’s the kicker in all this: He has to be able to throw the football like he did prior to the injury.
Of course, Pierce is a notoriously fast healer, so any speculation regarding his health (or lack thereof) should be met with a healthy dose of caution.
Other notes from a holiday Monday:
- Former Winnipeg DB Jonathan Hefney has accepted a spot on the Detroit Lions practice roster. If there’s a silver lining in this for Bomber fans, it’s that the news of his non-return comes on the heels of a good secondary effort against the Riders.
- Other than Pierce, LaPolice said there were no real injuries from Sunday’s game. FB Jon Oosterhuis suffered a calf injury, but the coach expects him to be OK.
- And finally, for what it’s worth, LaPolice didn’t feel the original hit on Pierce (the one by Riders DE Brent Hawkins that caused the series of events which led to the dislocated elbow) was low.
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