July 12, 2013 - 1:51pmUpdated: July 13, 2013 - 2:11pm
Roughriders QB Darian Durant drops back to pass
The biggest question surrounding the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Friday as the team returned from Toronto was the status of quarterback Darian Durant.
In the 4th quarter, Durant was sacked by the Argonauts Johnathan Williams, landing on his ankle. Durant limped to the sidelines, and never returned.
After that Durant was seen with ice wrapped around his ankle. He also reportedly tried to stand up at some point but couldn’t. He was eventually able to walk off the field under his own power and, according to the Leader Post’s Murray McCormick did his post-game scrum standing up.
On Friday when the team arrived at the airport, and the media gathered around head coach Corey Chamblin not much light was shed on the situation.
“I do not have an update, I haven’t spoke with (team doctor) Ivan (Gutfriend) about it, I just know that it’s an ankle injury,” said Chamblin. “I guess we’ll assess it in the next couple of days and day one I’ll let you guys know where he stands.”
So either Chamblin hasn’t actually talked about an injury to his starting quarterback and most important player or he’s withholding the information for some reason.
There wasn’t really a chance for the media to ask Durant how he was feeling either as he went straight to the parking lot after getting off the plane, having only packed a carry-on bag.
He did talk to reporters in Toronto.
“Pretty sore right now, but when we get back to Regina we’re going to know specifically what’s going on,” he said, before being asked how bad his ankle is. “It’s too early to tell but it was really sensitive at the time.”
Should Durant not be able to go, Chamblin does have confidence in back-up quarterback Drew Willy, adding it would also give Tino Sunseri a chance to take in some back-up duties as well.
The good news for Durant is he does have plenty of time to heal up as the green and white aren’t in action again until next Sunday when they host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
On Saturday afternoon Darian Durant took to twitter to let everyone know that the x-rays on his ankle came back negative, meaning he’s fine and will just need some work to get it back in game shape.
X-rays came back negative!! Now we gotta rehab this thing to get right for next week!
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