Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach and general manager Chris Jones says don’t expect running back Trent Richardson to be with the team when they open training camp in just over a week’s time in Saskatoon.
Speaking on a conference call Thursday morning, Jones said Richardson is dealing with some issues.
“Right now, Trent has got some situations going on at home so we’ll just have to see where that goes,” Jones said.
The former NFL first-round draft pick made an impact last year when he got in the lineup running for 259 yards and two touchdowns in four games before suffering a lower-body injury that kept him out of the lineup for the last couple of regular-season games and the playoffs.
Jones also said it is his plan to once again have Duron Carter playing both sides of the football as he did in the latter stages of last year and that it is his intent to have Sam Eguavoen take over at middle linebacker for Henoc Muamba. He is also going to give Josiah St.John a chance to fill the left tackle spot left open by Bruce Campbell. St. John has struggled since becoming the first pick overall in 2016.
Quarterback Zach Collaros was also a part of the conference call. He says he is excited to start with his new team and it would appear as if many in Rider Nation are excited to see him under centre.
“I have played in Regina a number of times so I know the passion there is.” Collaros stated. “Since becoming a Rider, I haven’t spent a lot of time in Regina, but many have reached out to me through social media or e-mail. It’s been an amazing response and I thank everyone for that. I know they love their football.”
Training camp begins on May 20th with the first pre-season game in Edmonton on the 27th. The home exhibition game is against Calgary on June 8 with the season-opener going June 15 at Mosaic Stadium as the Grey Cup champion Toronto Argonauts pay a visit.