Riders return to practice Wednesday with a few familiar faces absent

The Saskatchewan Roughriders began preparations for Sunday’s western final in Winnipeg on Wednesday, with a few notable names missing from practice.

Jacob Dearborn is out with a shoulder injury and will likely be done for the remainder of he season, Micah Teitz had his foot stepped on in the western semi final and is 50/50 to play on Sunday, and Duke Williams is currently nursing turf toe.

Micah Johnson was away to attend his father’s funeral virtually.

No matter who’s able to dress, quarterback Cody Fajardo, knows a second crack at Winnipeg in the western final is an opportunity that doesn’t come around often.

“It’s not everyday where you get a chance the following season to go in and right your mistakes,” Fajardo said. “It feels good and to be the quarterback for the team in back-to-back west finals is something I’m very proud of, but I know we have a bigger goal here and that’s the Grey Cup,” he added.

Last week the Riders were arguably the favorite to win over Calgary, being they were at home and finished higher in the standings.

The roles are reversed this week, with the Blue Bombers being the best team in the CFL.

Fajardo said that means the pressure is all on them.

“We’re just going to go in there and try our best to play our best game,” he said. “They (Blue Bombers) haven’t played a meaningful football game in a while and I know what that feels like in 2019 missing a couple weeks and trying to get back into it, to tell you the truth I think we’re all very excited for this opportunity,” Fajardo said.

Kickoff on Sunday is 3:00 p.m., 620 CKRM’s game day coverage will start at noon.

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