Wednesday, August 3, 2016
DURANT TO START AT CALGARY
"Darian's gonna be fine," Jones declared. "All set to go. He's been around for years and years. As we drove over from the airport we talked about some of the games when we went against one another when I was here. He was in those games in 2010 and he's a player. We're fortunate to have him back."
Durant - looking slim and trim from an off-season where he shed almost 20 lbs - said he's eager to shrug off a bad start and help his team knock off the first-place Stampeders.
"It has been (a tough start) but I feel good to be able to get back out there," Durant said. "Help my teammates out, my brothers most importantly, and just looking forward to getting out there, having fun, and helping us get back in the win column."
Thursday's game is the first of a back-to-back set between the West Division rivals and the Riders know how key it would be to collect an upset victory.
"Definitely this is a big game," agreed veteran receiver Naaman Roosevelt. "Just for us we need to go out and do the little things and everything will work out. We had a good week of practice, Durant's back telling us what to do and to have that guy back there leading us is awesome. For us we need to get back to doing the things we do. We work hard in practice and now we need to put it out there on the field."
A little fuel was added to the Riders' fire by Stampeders defensive back Joshua Bell who apparently said on Wednesday that if the Riders lose this game, their season's over.
"Who?" questioned Chris Jones when asked for a comment on Bell's assessments.
"Well you gotta win every game. Let him know you gotta win every game."
The Roughriders have six changes to the roster from last week's game in Montreal. In are CB Buddy Jackson, LB Korey Jones, LB Graig Newman, C Dan Clark, WR Kris Bastien and DL Ivan Brown. Out are RB Curtis Steele, CB Johnny Dixon, RB Michael Dyer, OL Aaron Picton and DL Jordan Reaves. Steele has been placed on the 6-game Injured List while Dyer was released.