Tuesday, January 19, 2016
MURPHY QUASHES DURANT RUMOURS
It's understandable that the status of quarterback Darian Durant is the latest hot-button topic here in the Rider Nation whatwith Thursday's release of franchise greats Weston Dressler and John Chick. I don't know where it started, but the internet has been ablaze with speculation that the Face of the Franchise's days with the Green & White may be numbered under the new Chris Jones regime.
However Roughriders Assistant V.P. of Player Personnel John Murphy snuffed out any of that talk on Monday's SportsCage on 620 CKRM.
"He's our starting quarterback. That's his status," Murphy asserted via phone from Florida where the Riders staged a pair of free agent tryout camps over the weekend. "For people to be ... I don't know, other than the fever pitch of how things have started or will continue, Darian Durant's our starting quarterback.
"The most important thing for us is that he's on a great path. He's been between Toronto with his family and with his girlfriend and down in Atlanta rehabbing. He's on a great course and he even thinks he's ahead of schedule. At times we've had conversations about slowing down a little and making sure that he's delicate with the rehab. There's no truth to any of the suggestions that Darian Durant's going to be doing anything other than playing quarterback for us this season."
Durant's 2015 season ended late in the first half of the Riders' Week 1 home loss to Winnipeg when he suffered a torn left achilles tendon.
The Roughriders will hold their third free agent tryout camp this Saturday in Mobile, Alabama.