Wednesday, October 7, 2015
GETZLAF HOPING TO RETURN
There wasn't a whole lot to report with the Roughriders on Tuesday but here are a few notes:
- Day 1 of their practice week began with a closed practice at Mosaic Stadium. When the doors flew open, we noticed veteran slotback Chris Getzlaf was wearing enough equipment that it appeared he had just participated in the workout.
- Getzlaf's missed the past six games with a left foot injury however he's come off the six-game injured list and is elligible to play Friday night at Hamilton. He said he felt "100%" on Tuesday and if the same thing happens on Wednesday, he expects to play.
- Riders coach Bob Dyce wasn't in a rush to give Getzlaf the green light however. Dyce said these injuries have a tendency to flare up over night after being pushed so he's eager to see how Getzlaf fares on Wednesday.
- Dyce also said veteran centre Dan Clark is going through the concussion protocol after being knocked out of Saturday's game at B.C. with a hit to the head. Clark is still a question mark for the Hamilton game.
- Regarding Clark's replacement Saturday night, Corey Watman, Dyce said Watman did a fair enough job but could've been better. It looks like Watman - a former first round pick by the Riders - is very close to his first pro start this week.
- Quarterback Kevin Glenn said he'd be glad to have Getzlaf back in the lineup. He said Getzlaf provides a veteran presence that doesn't just help with the quarterback-receiver chemistry, but that Getzlaf works as a coach on the field for the younger players.
- Both Dyce and Glenn were pressed on the recent declining numbers recently star slotback Weston Dressler. I thought to myself, "Oh know - the wolves are going to be after Dressler now, and try to force a premature end to his career" but both the coach and QB stood up for Weston. Dyce said if not for miscues by the quarterbacks, Dressler would have several hundred more yards and many more touchdowns. (i.e. Saturday night in B.C. on Glenn's first interception. Dressler was open for six down the seam but the ball was thrown incorrectly and picked off). And Glenn himself said although Dressler's numbers may have taken a hit recently, the other receivers' stats have inflated so you need to look at that.
- Hopefully no campaigns are mounted by the media around here to run players out of town at the conclusion of the season.
- Today's practice is open to the public but Carm and I will be flying to Hamilton on Wednesday morning. Not exactly sure why, but that's what the travel agent booked. Suits me fine.
Have a great day,