Bombers tab Pierce, cut Harris for East final

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers said through their Twitter feed on Thursday that Buck Pierce will be the man under centre to start the CFL's Eastern Conference final.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Buck Pierce throws the ball while playing against Hamilton on Oct. 7. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers said through their Twitter feed on Thursday that Buck Pierce will be the man under centre to start the Canadian Football League's East final.

Coach Paul LaPolice told the media to expect quarterback Pierce, who turned 30 two days ago, will get the call. Pierce was bothered by a knee injury late in the season but has practised this week with no issues.

Pierce had said earlier that physically he was ready to play against Hamilton.

Backup Alex Brink was under centre for the Bombers' 30-24 season-ending loss to Calgary on Nov. 5.

Winnipeg swept the season series with Hamilton 3-0, with Pierce starting all three games.

The club also made news by releasing wide receiver Terence-Jeffers Harris three days before the final.

The 23-year-old scored six touchdowns and caught 77 passes for 894 yards in his two seasons with the Bombers.

"It became evident throughout the course of the season that T.J. was struggling with his position with the team," said Joe Mack, Winnipeg's vice-president and GM, in a release.

The Bombers host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the East final this weekend.

"With our club preparing for this crucial game Sunday, it became clearer that he was having difficulty coming to terms with the challenges of limited playing time, therefore, this difficult decision was made today," Mack said.