To say that many players are injured on the Saskatchewan Roughriders roster would be too grave an understatement. In a few short weeks, they’ve lost quite a few players to injury, but head coach, Craig Dickenson is keeping calm and carrying on. His secret: Caution.
As I’ve already written, the Roughriders have made up for the loss to the Montreal Alouettes that transpired on June 23rd. It was on July 2nd that they had the rematch and what a rematch it turned out to be…the Riders more than making up for the loss with a 41 to 20 final score.
In the end it can certainly be considered a boost to a team that had suffered a lot of bad news in the injury department over the start of the 2022 CFL season.
Specifically and at the forefront perhaps are: Duke Williams who has an injured hip, Brett Lauther, who has issues with his hand and also his knee, and Nick Marshall issues with his knee as well…all according to Regina Leader-Post (link below in quote). Heck…even QB, Cody Fajardo still has his knee in a brace and yes even at practice this week.
And what else of the injury report? Well, as always and as is the custom, the CFL team posted the injury report on their official Twitter feed:
But it is in spite of these unfortunate injuries that coach Dickenson plans to proceed…with caution and a level head. He made the following statements while speaking to the press:
“We were beat up (Saturday)…It’s a short week and we’re trying to make sure that we get to (Friday’s) game with the right guys. We expect all three to play, but we gave them the day off. They probably couldn’t have practiced (Tuesday). Hopefully (Wednesday) they will feel better.”via Regina Leader-Post
He sounds hopeful, that’s for sure. Henry Nell may be stepping in for placekicking duties in the game on Friday where the Riders are set to take on the Ottawa Redblacks at 9:30 PM EST. But then again maybe not….
The Roughriders call Jimmy Smith home
And according to ckom.com, it was just this past Monday that the Saskatchewan Roughriders added a familiar face to the position of punter.
It had been just in June that Smith had been traded to the Calgary Stampeders. He even played a few games, performing well enough. But as of this development, he’ll be back in Saskatchewan moving forward.
If Lauther will be missing on Friday Smith just may be filling in as “punter and holder” in conjunction with Vedvik, also according to the same above source. All this remains to be seen though.
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