Saskatchewan Roughriders make more roster moves

June 14, 2011 - 4:41pm Updated: June 15, 2011 - 11:20am
File photo of Johnathon Smith taken by Jamie Nye during the 2011 training camp Main Camp Day 11 - Luca Congi gets the birthday pie treatment Main Camp Day 11 - Terrence Nunn tries to move around linebacker Mike McCullough Main Camp Day 11 - Jamal Smith makes a tremendous sideline grab Main Camp Day 11 - Chris Leak launches a TD pass to Efrem Hill Main Camp Day 11 - Weston Dressler and Tristan Jackson race for bragging rights Main Camp Day 10 - Tad Kornegay and Eddie Russ provide tight coverage Main Camp Day 10 - Players look on as Patrick Neufeld battles Calvin Fance Main Camp Day 10 - Another day, another leaping catch by Terrence Nunn Main Camp Day 10 - Stu Foord hauls in a pass along the sideline Main Camp Day 10 - Coach Craig Dickenson runs with his kickers Main Camp Day 10 - Ryan Dinwiddie gets ready to unload over Montez Murphy Main Camp Day 9 - Jake Harfman kicks off with Greg Marshall looking on Main Camp Day 9 - Mark Jones hauls in a pass from Chris Leak Main Camp Day 9 - Jeremiah Weatherspoon leaps for the ball on short kicks Main Camp Day 9 - Keith Shologan knocks ball out of bounds during drill Main Camp Day 9 - Chris Getzlaf lets one get through his hands Main Camp Day 9 - The defensive line looks to stop the run Main Camp Day 8 - Ernie Wheelwright hauls in pass over Tristan Jackson Main Camp Day 8 - Patrick Brown gets low for a catch Main Camp Day 8 - DB Tristan Jackson (#38) breaks up the play Main Camp Day 8 - ST Coach Craig Dickenson gets involved during drill Main Camp Day 8 - QB Cole Bergquist runs up field Main Camp Day 8 - OL Alex Gauthier eliminates DE Calvin Fance from play Main Camp Day 6 - Greg Marshall addresses the team after practice Main Camp Day 6 - Cary Koch tries to haul one in with John Eubanks covering Main Camp Day 6 - Another snag by new receiver Terrence Nunn Main Camp Day 6 - ST Coach Craig Dickenson keeps an eye on field goals Main Camp Day 6 - STU!!!!! Foord finds the crack in the defence Main Camp Day 6 - Darian Durant and the other QBs warming up Main Camp Day 5 - Ryan Lucas leaps to try to block a field goal Main Camp Day 5 - Chris Leak turns up field after no one is open down field Main Camp Day 5 - Chris Getzlaf with a catch and moves upfield Main Camp Day 5 - The injuries mount as camp continues Main Camp Day 5 - Luca Congi continues to rehab during training camp Main Camp Day 4 - Jamal Smith gets in front of Nick Graham during 1 on 1s Main Camp Day 4 - Jordan Sisco with the catch over the middle Main Camp Day 4 - Daryl Townsend slams into tackle dummy during drill Main Camp Day 4 - Ernie Wheelwright almost makes a leaping catch Main Camp Day 4 - Darian Durant throws a perfect touchdown pass to Terrence Nunn Main Camp Day 4 - Lance Frazier does pushups after dropping interception Main Camp Day 3 - Ryan Dinwiddie gets the ball away under pressure Main Camp Day 3 - Dominic Bolden had it, but dropped it in the rain Main Camp Day 3 - Hugh Charles finds the corner after the hand off Main Camp Day 3 - Justin Glover (#62) engages Johnathon Smith Main Camp Day 3 - Darian Durant's playaction fools defence as he runs by Main Camp Day 3 - Efrem Hill found himself all alone for the score Main Camp Day 2 - Terrence Nunn makes another impressive catch Main Camp Day 2 - Jason Clermont makes a catch in front of Byron Bullock (#5) Main Camp Day 2 - Hugh Charles (#21) tries to get by Mike McCullough Main Camp Day 2 - Dominic Bolden works on blocking punts during special teams dr Main Camp Day 2 - Cary Koch tries to hold his block Main Camp Day 2 - Brent Hawkins (90) and Dario Romero (94) try to get to Darian Main Camp Day 2 - Brandon West (9) fumbles after a reception Main Camp Day 1 - Jason Clermont gets open in front of rookie Courtney Bryan Main Camp Day 1 - Veterans Cary Koch (#84) and Sean Lucas battle down field Main Camp Day 1 - Receiver Aaron Fairooz' start to camp ends early Main Camp Day 1 - Weston Dressler hauls in a pass from Darian Durant Main Camp Day 1 - Roughrider brass looks on as a ball sails over Weston Dressler Main Camp Day 1 - Shomari Williams gets pushed to the ground by Josh Buttrill Rookie Camp Day 3 - #43 Courtney Bryan runs back an interception Rookie Camp Day 3 - Ludovic Kashindi and Terrence Nunn battle it out Rookie Camp Day 3 - #92 Calvin Fance and #53 Patrick Neufeld go head to head Rookie Camp Day 3 - Kolten Soloman makes a catch in front of Ludovic Kashindi Rookie Camp Day 3 - #75 Peter Thiel gets hand up on Josh Buttrill Rookie Camp Day 3 - #76 Zach Evans gets outside of #61 Devin Tyler in one on one Rookie Camp Day 2 - Receiver Patrick Brown makes the adjustment for catch Rookie Camp Day 2 - Receiver Terrence Nunn makes one of his several catches Rookie Camp Day 2 - The offensive and defensive lines go head to head. Rookie Camp Day 2 - Running back Brandon West makes a burst through the line. Rookie Camp Day 2 - 12th overall draft pick Craig Butler makes play of the day Rookie Camp Day 1 - Defensive end Courtney Harris working drills Rookie Camp Day 1 - Christopher Milo works on punting with ST Coach Dickenson Rookie Camp Day 1 - Brandon West takes a handoff from Quarterback Chris Leak Rookie Camp Day 1 - Defensive Coordinator explains positioning to LB J. Smith Rookie Camp Day 1 - The first day on the field as Head Coach for Greg Marshall Rookie Camp Day 1 - Ernie Wheelwright makes a nice one handed catch in drills
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Football is a brotherhood but for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, they had to tippy-toe around having to split up actual brothers trying out for the team.

The older of the Smith brothers, linebacker Johnathon, was given the bad news he was no longer on the roster as his younger brother, receiver Jamal, remains with the Roughriders, trying to earn a spot on the 2011 roster.

"I spoke with (Jamal) before practice to see how he was doing and he said, 'I'm fine', and he understands the nature of the business and he felt bad for his brother but he also knew he had to come out and not let it affect what he had to do," explained Head Coach Greg Marshall after Tuesday's practice.

Marshall thought the younger, Jamal, had one of his better days in training camp on a tough day for the family.

Roughriders adding and subtracting

The team also released kicker Jake Harfman, who was pushing Eddie Johnson and Chris Milo for the kicking duties this season. The team did have good news for some players. Defensive lineman RJ Roberts was added to the roster along with defensive back Eddie Russ.

Russ was one of the first players released on cut down day but as the pre-season game against Edmonton nears the Roughriders felt they wanted to take a closer look at both Russ and Roberts, while Smith and Harfman were likely not going to see much time.

Injury updates

Marshall did not know any more on the shoulder injury to defensive end Brent Hawkins, Tuesday. He believes Hawkins will see a doctor soon and that they'll know more in the next 24-48 hours.

Aaron Fairooz continues to jog, while recovering from a hamstring injury he suffered in the first hour of training camp. After taking part in yesterday's workouts, rookie defensive back Craig Butler was back on the sidelines along with veteran DB Chris McKenzie.

Jamal Smith's sticking with the team could be due to the fact the Roughriders are starting to lose depth at receiver as Obed Cetoute and Dominic Bolden have joined Fairooz on the injured list.

The Roughriders will have their final practice on Wednesday before Friday's pre-season opener against the Eskimos. (Kickoff at 7:00 at Mosaic Stadium)

Edited by News Talk Radio's Jamie Nye

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