- Tuesday's Rider practice was a cold, rainy one at Mosaic Stadium. With a northwest wind gusting to 42 km/h, it felt like minus-5 degrees Celsius.
- Head coach Bob Dyce said the conditions didn't deter the workout, in fact they likely led to the players being more focused and engaged.
- The Riders will likely debut a new running back in Saturday's game at Calgary. LaVance Taylor wore #10 and saw some work on Tuesday. He was officially added to the practice roster on Tuesday. The Central Missouri product has spent time in the pro's with Ottawa, BC and the Kansas City Chiefs.
- Dyce confirmed that rookie Brett Smith will start at QB against the Stampeders but like last week, declined to say when and how back-up Keith Price will be used.
- Dyce also suggested rookie DB Junior Mertile won't likely be activated against Calgary. He said it's a consequence for his gaffe against Edmonton which led to a 50-yard Adarius Bowman touchdown.
- Bob was asked if the error was a reflection on the Rider coaching staff. Here is his response: "(Lonnng pause) ... Junior made a mistake. I read the paper and you guys got editors. Sometimes I still see a mistake in the paper. People make mistakes and things happen."
- Mertile faced the media and said the brain camp was all on him. He said he had to explain to his coaches what he was thinking on the play but they told him to hold his head up and just play better. He said he thought teammate Tyree Hollins was going to make the tackle on Bowman.
- The forecast for McMahon Stadium on Saturday calls for a mix of sun and cloud and a high of 13 degrees. Kickoff is slated for 1:00 pm.