Lions quarterback OK after apparent head injury
Having suffered an apparent head injury in Thursday night's game against the Edmonton Eskimos, B.C. Lions quarterback Buck Pierce is expected at practice on Monday.
"The medical information I got this morning is that everything cleared up last night," Wally Buono, Lions coach and general manager, said on Friday.
The Lions won the game over the Edmonton Eskimos 40-22.
Buono is optimistic Pierce will be 100 per cent soon.
"I was told he was dazed. From that point of view it cleared up very nicely. There were no issues after the game. Three days from now we will be practising and hopefully things will be good."
The apparent injury occurred in the first quarter of the game. Pierce was running with the ball and slid to the turf, when the knee of Eskimo defender Elliott Richardson seemed to hit his helmet.
Jarious Jackson filled in, throwing for 362 yards and four touchdowns as the Lions improved their record to 1-2.
"You have to be ready at all times," Jackson said. "I have been doing this since I came in here … this is something I have become accustomed to."
Buono expects Pierce to work with the first team on Monday, but says he'll be watched closely.
"That's like you do with any player," Buono said. "That's part of the process when a player gets a little dinged.
"They get their treatment, they come back to work, and then you assess them and you see where they are at."
Buono said he was pleased with his team's showing.
"A win is good," he said. "There was a lot of things that were positive. We cut down on turnovers, we cut down on penalties."
The Lions next game if Friday against the Calgary Stampeders at B.C. Place Stadium.
With files from The Canadian Press