Riders try to grab Stampeders’ OL off practice roster

Saskatchewan tried to nab Canadian offensive lineman Roman Grozman from Calgary’s practice roster this past week, per CFL sources.

The Riders have had a spate of injuries occur among their offensive line group. Those setbacks have landed Chris Best, Brendon LaBatte, Dan Clark, Matt Vonk, Dillon Guy and Xavier Fulton on the six-game injured list. Five of those blockers carry a Canadian passport, which has made national offensive line depth very thin in Riderville.

That led to the Riders trying to take Grozman from the Stampeders, but the six-foot-four, 319-pounder declined.

“They could have drafted him. They’re trying to build a team by scooping up other teams’ developmental players,” a CFL source says.

There are two ways a team can protect a practice roster player. The first is activating him for at least two games. The second would be for the player to decline going to the team who tries to claim them, which is what Grozman did.

Back in June, the Riders added two Canadians who declined practice roster spots with the B.C. Lions.

And No. 1 overall pick, Josiah St. John went down in Saskatchewan’s 41-3 loss to Montreal on Friday.

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