Thursday, July 23, 2015
TAJ SMITH OUT, OTHERS IN
It was Day 1 of the practice week as the Riders (0-4) prepare to host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1-2) Sunday at 5:00 pm (TSN, CKRM Rider Radio Network).
After the practice, head coach Corey Chamblin disclosed WR Taj Smith has been "shut down" for the year. Chamblin basically said Smith hasn't been at 100% health and other receivers have passed him on the depth chart. Chamblin also said Smith right now "wasn't himself".
There was no immediate word on whether the Syracuse product is to be released, suspended or placed on the 6-game injured list. However Wednesday night Sportsnet's Arash Madani reported Taj has had an MRI which revealed a knee injury, and he'll be headed to the 6-game Injured List.
In other news, returner/receiver Ryan Smith returned to roster after missing two games with a concussion. He's been brought off the 6-game injured list.
Rookie first round draft pick Nic Demski has returned from a shoulder injury which caused him to miss the past three games. Both he and Smith plan to be activated for Sunday's game.
Veteran CFL defensive back Alex Suber practiced with the team for the first time on Wednesday but Chamblin said for now Suber is on the practice roster. He'll battle with rookie Junior Mertile to get on the roster this week.