The Roughriders held an indoor walk-through on Tuesday as they prepare for their final game of the season, indoors at B.C. Place on Saturday against the B.C. Lions (5:00, TSN, 620 CKRM Rider Radio Network).
Rider quarterback Darian Durant watched the practice in a bunnyhug and shorts, and it’s left his status for Saturday’s game up in the air.
“He’s got some little things,” said Roughriders Head Coach & GM Chris Jones. “He was hit a lot the other night so he’s pretty beat up. Again, he’s not Superman so he’s got to be able to get over these bumps. He’s a veteran so he can miss Day 1 and still be ready to play.”
Jones said if Durant gets clearance from the club’s medical personnel, he’ll play on Saturday. Back-ups Brandon Bridge and G.J. Kinne took the bulk of the reps on Tuesday and Kinne feels he could get some game action.
While it’s a meaningless game in the standings, it would be a huge opportunity for Kinne to make his CFL debut.
“Ya for sure,” Kinne – a former Jet, Eagle and Giant – said Tuesday. “Just getting with the guys and trying to get on the same page. I threw Rob Bagg a slant today and that’s the first time I ever threw him a slant. I want to get on the same page as those guys and put my best foot forward.”
Chris Jones was adamant that the entire football team wants to put their best foot forward in their season finale. He said every player will be evaluated along with the coaching staff. Asked for an assessment of his own performance over the past two games, Jones offered a clear evaluation.
“Not very f—ing good,” Jones deadpanned.