It was ridiculously hot and muggy on Monday morning as the Bombers got back to work, still licking their wounds from Friday’s 33-16 loss to the B.C. Lions.
The good news (for some fans, at least) was that quarterback Buck Pierce was back on the field on Monday. He got knocked out of Friday’s game just before half time with a right knee injury. His knee was wrapped on Monday, but he seemed to be moving rather well.
Pierce, of course, said he expects to play on Friday night against the Alouettes.
Here’s what else is happening …
• Linebacker and special teamer Rene Stephan is likely done for the year after suffering a knee injury in Friday’s game. Head coach Paul LaPolice hinted that it was a dirty play. The Bombers sent in that clip, along with a few others, to the CFL head office.
• The Bombers are going to be without three starters again on Friday in Montreal. Andre Douglas (hip), Marcellus Bowman (leg) and Cory Watson (hamstring) are still on the mend and have been all but ruled out of the Montreal match. So has Chad Simpson (leg), who will likely be the team’s starting running back when he returns to health.
• Simpson will be the starter because Chris Garrett tore his Achilles tendon last Tuesday. Garrett was at Monday’s practice, using crutches and his left foot in a cast. He’s had surgery, and the doctor told him he should be walking next week. Garrett didn’t rule out playing again this year, but he’s probably dreaming.
• If there was one bit of good news for Bomber fans on Monday, it was that left tackle Glenn January practised for the second half of the workout. The Bombers started two tackles on Friday who were playing their first professional games. It didn’t help them.
• The smothering heat appeared to affect receiver Kurt Adams late in the practice. He had to head to the bench, where trainer Al Couture put a cold towel over his head.