Just hours after announcing the signing of Canadian linebacker Henoc Muamba, Roughriders Coach & GM Chris Jones stated Muamba will make his Saskatchewan debut this Friday at Ottawa.
Actually Muamba announced it himself following Wednesday's indoor Rider practice, saying he'll see action primarily on special teams against the RedBlacks (5:00 pm ST, TSN, 620 CKRM). Chris Jones said the St. Francis Xavier product will also become part of their regular linebacker rotation due to an injury to Korey Jones.
Muamba joins WR Jeff Fuller and DE Willie Jefferson as CFL stars who will make their Rider debuts against Ottawa.
Muamba's also another player who has ties to the new Rider regime. He and Jones both told the story on Wednesday of Muamba attending a football clinic Jones was hosting in Truro, NS when Muamba was an underclassman. Jones recognized Muamba as a player with a lot of potential and the pair stayed in touch.
Jones also explained the Riders are going to the nation's capital two days in advance of this week's game because their prior two trips to the East Division were their worst games of the year (41-3 loss in Montreal and 53-7 loss in Hamilton).
The Riders will also stay down east between their Week 16 and 17 games as they visit Toronto on October 15.
Jones said they'll do fun things like practice in Ottawa and go on a team visit to Parliament Hill.