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Monday, November 2, 2015

DURANT COMING BACK BETTER THAN EVER


REGINA (CP) - Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Darian Durant says he'll be ready to return from a season-ending Achilles tendon injury by January.

Durant suffered the injury in the Riders' season-opening loss to Winnipeg.

But in a rare bit of good news for the struggling Roughriders, the 2013 Grey Cup-winning quarterback said his recovery is ahead of schedule.

"I'm feeling good. If I can stay healthy, I still feel like I'm the best quarterback in this league and I'm out to prove that,'' Durant told reporters Monday.

He said the next move is to work on more explosive exercises, such as sprinting. He plans to spend the off-season working out in Regina.

The 33-year-old shrugged off doubts about his future.

"Everyone that I've seen go down from an Achilles has come back and is still a productive player, so there's no question that I'll be in that same boat,'' he said.

"But like I said, I won't be the same player, I'll be a lot better.''

Durant missed part of the 2014 season after suffering a torn tendon in the elbow of his throwing arm that September. He had surgery to repair it and in April was looking forward to getting back on the gridiron.

Watching from the sidelines again has been tough.

"It's been crushing just watching the team go through this each and every week and not being able to help,'' said Durant.

"I really think that I could really help this team succeed this year, so it's sucks watching it. But it's a learning experience for me. It humbled me and it just has me fired up getting ready for next year.''

The Riders have also struggled to a dismal 2-15 record this season without Durant.

Injuries hit the team hard.

After Durant went down, backup quarterback Kevin Glenn stepped in. Then Glenn was felled by a torn pectoral muscle in Saskatchewan's loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on July 26. Several other key players are out too, including defensive back Terrell Maze and linebacker Shea Emry.

In August, the Roughriders fired head coach Corey Chamblin and vice president of football operations and general manager Brendan Taman.

Durant said it will be a team effort to rebuild for next season, but he believes he's one of the key pieces.

"I'm the guy. I mean I feel like I'm the guy that could take this team to the next level, get this team out of this slump. You know, I'm confident in my abilities.''

43 comments:

Anonymous said...

With the two injuries he's suffered being pretty major, and sitting out for nearly a year and a half of competitive play sadly he's gong to be a second string at best. Great guy, but not the future of this club.

As for Meyers, well, that pic says it all about that guy.

Green Blood said...

Nice facial expression Meyers!!

Anonymous said...

I don't miss Duke on the sportscage, if only a few of your other guests would follow.

Anonymous said...

Sorry doubles, great guy but past the point of being a go to #1 in this league. All the best Darian

Anonymous said...

Hence why Meyers think's he's a big deal.......yup, Regina Global newscasts.....#bigtime.

Darian's done, moving on to hopefully the new future of good things to come with a new GM, new coach and an actual future sustainable winning plan.

Anonymous said...

How is ol' Wes Mantooth (Myers) anyways? Probably kind of lonely down at the station with Heather Anderson and Jill Morgan moved on to better things. Only guy that loves a camera more than Myers is Remple.

Billy Bob said...

A women sports reporter!! In Saskatchewan?? The world is going into a hell basket.

Anonymous said...

Only 8 years younger than Henry Burris, so maybe there is a better future ahead for Rider Nation.

Anonymous said...

And he was supposed to be back last year for the playoffs too .... right ?

Anonymous said...

No such thing as Rider Nation, quit trying to be a wannabe. Sorry, only Riderville.

Anonymous said...

Rider nation can't wait to have the number one QB back in the league. The team needs its leader.

He is all leader!

Anonymous said...

Doubt him all you want, ( very likely, just as you have all along) he'll be back and will lead this team for years to come. All DD does is win.

Anonymous said...

Sad to watch this team media grab, serious injury.

Riderfans.com said...

Can't wait to get Darian back on the field. Definitely one of the best QB's and will prove it once again in 2016.

Anonymous said...

Boy Darian I sure hope you are right and I hope the new GM can build an O-line that can protect you and find a couple of 6'4" receivers to balance out the Dakota twins.

Anonymous said...

How gullible.

Anonymous said...

There is every reason to believe DD. If he says 6000 yards is doable he will do it. However, he can't play D or special teams. 6000 yards will be only good for the record book as special teams and D give up 7000 yards plus. 49 points is not enough when the rest of the team gives up 50.

Anonymous said...

I still love our nice green license plates that say Rider Nation on them.
Sad to know that the Redblacks can never have a Redblack Nation license plate.

Anonymous said...

The green kool-aid is flowing today!

Anonymous said...

Good to hear from DD. And people ... never sell that guy short!

Anonymous said...

Bring him back for the final game in Montreal , even with crutches he would probably be better than what we have.

Anonymous said...

Is it not about time for the Ottawa football franchise to fold? I mean is that not their history? Fold, get help and come back with a new name. That covers the city perfectly.

Anonymous said...

You part-time fans can cram it. You know who you are.

Handy Andy said...

Bottom line ... he played a year and a half in 2013-2014 and we won 22 games. Then he was injured for a year and a half, and we won 4 games.

He is a winner. I'm optimistic for 2016.

Anonymous said...

training camp fodder...

Parkside said...

DD is the man. He is confident and a leader. This is the guy you want mentoring Smith and Price. They could learn a lot.

Anonymous said...

We will win games with Durant back for sure. He is an all star and the best Rider QB we've seen since Austin. These mouth breathing fans should show the man a little respect.

It's not all the QB though. Unless our defence can drastically improve and try holding an opponent to under 30 points we won't make the playoffs. That's where all the major problems lie.

Anonymous said...

I am who I think I am.

Anonymous said...

Brett Smith and Keith Price are good rookies but not as good as Darian was as a rookie. Keith Price will be the back up to DD and Smith will be watching from the side all year long...if he makes the team that is.

Roger

Anonymous said...

Rider fans will be happy when we have a team leader and quarterback that is white.

Anonymous said...

Smith and Price look like the future. Really? How many games have they won?

If they carry the load next season we would have the same results.

Durant is a legit QB. Even if he came back and struggled he is still the best option we have. I would love to see the team grab a free agent veteran to sit behind him. Lulay, Harris, Crompton will all shake loose and would be great second options if needed.

Anonymous said...

Darian,

For the winter please go somewhere warm for your ongoing recovery and workouts. The worst thing that could happen is that you slip on the ice or have the -40c weather effect your routine and recovery.

Don't worry, we the fans will still love you even if you leave for the winter. In fact, we don't blame you...

Kel

Anonymous said...

2015 Team MVP: Darian Durant

Anonymous said...

I have enjoyed seeing Keith Price play.... But I will admit that he is showing bad signs of 'happy feet' out there as he seems to lack the patience in the pocket. Of course I can not blame him as his lack of playing time for the past couple of years has likely through him off, but he will have to work on poise if he is going to eventually work his way to second or eventual starter. Seems to have a good arm though... Hopefully things work out, but there is lots of other guys always willing to come in, so he will have to get it together soon.

As for Brett Smith, after a whole year of trying to work him in, I don't believe he is the answer at all. To be honest, I thought Tino Sunseri was ahead of him at this stage, and that does not say much as I am not a Sunseri fan.

Sure hope Darian is healthy and regains his form, because right now there seems to be a bit of a debacle at the QB position.

Just my opinion...

Go Riders

Kel in Victoria

ps., Go U of W Huskies!

Anonymous said...

whateevvveeeerrrrr...trade him while you can!!!

Anonymous said...

Young guns in the league are an indication you don't need a older,high priced QB like DD to win. Especially one who is now seemingly prone to injuries. Anyone else notice how many times he used "I" in the newspaper article? No "team".

Anonymous said...

Whew! I am so relieved to hear Kel say he is not a Tino fan. Now there is a fellow who knows his football!!

Spud

Anonymous said...

That's not even True or factual !!!
Also Durant was groomed on the sidelines for 21/2 years so not sure it's even a fair comparison and still not true!!!

Anonymous said...

I noticed the same thing in the article, but watch the video. He talks at length about he is a piece of the puzzle. And the point of the interview was about him so just settle.

Anonymous said...

Ya sure it's pretty obvious this team is a QB away from contention. If they are serious about a rebuild they better book a chipper because there is a ton of dead wood on this team that needs to see the axe. Some fan favorites may well be taken out behind the barn old yeller style

Anonymous said...

He's the fool of media

Anonymous said...

Qb,MLB,dbs as in several ,online and dilne, Canadian depth all needed. It's good that there s a Canadian kicker because yikes that's quite a shopping list the riders have and history is not on their side when it comes to filling holes. Seen this before and it's a bad movie.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Spud ;-)

Cheers

K