The Blue Bombers held their walk-through at Canad Inns Stadium this morning. Here’s what’s shaking heading into the pre-season game with the Montreal Alouettes Sunday afternoon (1 p.m.):
BUCK’S BACK: Coming off a 2009 season filled with talk of concussions and shoulder injuries, Bombers QB Buck Pierce is excited to get on the field in front of the Winnipeg fans. If he scrambles out of the pocket or takes a hard sack, though, people will wonder if he’s going to be OK – which is a natural reaction for anyone to have. Given his injury past, does he have to prove he can take a hit? "I don’t have to prove that – I proved that last year," Pierce said. "I’ve proved that my whole career. I play with a lot of passion and I’m a competitive guy. If I get hit, I get hit. This is professional football. I’m not going to back down from anything."
HELLO SICKNESS: Head coach Paul LaPolice said two more guys – LB Ike Charlton and FB Andre Sadeghian – are down with the flu, bringing the number of players with the virus to 14. The coach hopes that most of the guys will start to feel better by tonight, so that they can get some reps in the game tomorrow. "We’re planning on almost everyone dressing," LaPolice said. Keep in mind that it is an exhibition game, so not every starter will play.
WALKING WOUNDED: DB Jovon Johnson (knee), DB Nick Kordic (concussion), S Ian Logan, OL Ryan Donnelly (knee), WR Travis Shelton (hamstring), and DB Donald Brown, Jr. (knee) are still out with injury. Most of these names will not dress.
QUOTE: "Make good decisions with the football, put us in the end zone, and have great ball security." – LaPolice on what he wants to see from his quarterbacks Sunday.
SURPRISE, SURPRISE: Those looking to see Montreal quarterback Anthony Calvillo will have to wait. The veteran pivot is not on the depth chart for the contest, as he takes the first of two pre-season games off. In 2009, Calvillo barely broke a sweat before the regular season, throwing for 60 yards and a touchdown on five attempts. Adrian McPherson and Chris Leak will split time under centre for the Als Sunday.
TICKET COUNT: As of Saturday morning, around 28,500 tickets have been spoken for. Remember: Season ticket holders get a free "buddy pass" for the exhibition game, so that’s why the numbers are so high.