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Tuesday, July 26, 2016


The Saskatchewan Roughriders held a walk-through on Day 1 of their practice week Monday at Mosaic Stadium.

Quarterbacks Darian Durant and Mitchell Gale each saw time with the first team offense, throwing lightly.

Durant missed last week's 30-29 win over Ottawa with a lower body injury and in his absence, back-up Mitchell Gale earned the win in his first pro start.

Durant spoke to reporters in the Rider locker room after Monday's workout.

"Feeling a lot better," Durant reported. "Still taking it day-by-day, making sure we're cautious with it and not trying to push it too much.  It's definitely getting better, that's for sure.  I haven't really tested it out that much yet."

Durant was asked if he'll be feeling well enough to start this Friday's game at Montreal.

"We'll see," Durant forecasted.  "I don't want to sit here and put an estimation on that right now.  We'll see as the week progresses."

Riders Head Coach and GM Chris Jones wasn't willing to tab Gale as the club's starter for this Friday's game at Montreal despite his solid showing against the RedBlacks.

"Darian Durant's our starter," Jones advised.  "Mitchell did a good job and when Darian's back healthy, he'll go back on.  It's that simple.  Mitchell Gale did exactly what we expected Mitchell Gale to do."

Gale was satisfied with his performance in the win over Ottawa, but feels there's plenty of work left in his game to improve.

"Definitely," Gale offered.  I'm definitely my own worst critic at times.  There's definitely things I need to improve on for sure from what I did, and as an offense.  There are things that tend to go unseen that we need to fix up."

Gale was asked how he'll approach this week of practice given the fact he doesn't know if he'll get the start against the Alouettes or not,

"Same as I have every other week," Gale shrugged.  "I've got to do my job to make sure if I'm called upon that I can go in there and run the offense efficiently.  My approach doesn't change based on external factors."

Meanwhile the Riders released defensive back Brandon McDonald on Monday, replacing him with rookie Major Culbert who was given McDonald's #22.

Centre Dan Clark was back with the first team offensive line after missing the past two games with injury.  Nicked receivers Shamawd Chambers and John Chiles were back on the field as well.  However star guard Brendon Labatte was absent as he continues to recover from a concussion.  Running back Curtis Steele was absent as well.