Rob Bagg and Chad Owens will miss first regular season game with injuries.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders completed their final walk-through Wednesday in Montreal for Thursday’s CFL regular season opener against the Alouettes.
Football fans and observers around Canada are anxious to see former Rider quarterback Darian Durant play against his former team. Head Coach and GM Chris Jones isn’t expecting any surprises.
“Darian’s a pro and I’m sure he’s looking at himself real hard as we have to see what tendencies we may or may not have so, with Darian again he have gone against each other when I was here and when I wasn’t here you know, so it’s not like there are any secrets.”
Canadian receiver Rob Bagg will miss the season opener after rolling over on an ankle during practice, which means a starting lineup spot for Nic Demski. Jones expects Demski will rise to the challenge.
“Nic’s a good player,” said Jones who credited the Canadian receiver for his versatility.
“He can play a multitude of positions. He can be our lead returner if we decided to, he’s a very very capable football player.”
While Bagg is expected to return for the July 1 home opener against Winnipeg, Chad Owens is out for an extended period after aggravating the foot he fractured last season. Jones said it’s a precautionary move.
“The x-ray showed it was about 98-percent, but when he went out the other day he felt a little bit of a twinge on it, so, you know, we just don’t want to do any further damage you know, because he’s got one more roll at this thing. We want to make sure when we put him out there he’s 100 (percent healthy).”
Jones called the return of Brendan Labatt a big boost for an improved offensive line.