New Riders LB Cam Judge takes Durant’s old No. 4

Saskatchewan Roughrider draft pick Cam Judge took to the field for his first practice in wearing a familiar number in Riderville.

Darian Durant’s old No. 4.

The former Rider quarterback was traded to the Montreal Alouettes in January after 11 seasons in Saskatchewan. A popular player who won two championships – including the 2013 Grey Cup, held in Regina – Durant finished with a 58-54 record in 113 starts and was a West Division all-star in 2009 and 2013.

He delivered a heartfelt farewell to Rider fans at CFL Week in Regina in March.

But the 34-year-old Durant was set to become a free agent in February and, with contract talks going nowhere, vice president of football operations and head coach Chris Jones has elected to get something in return for his quarterback: fourth round draft pick in 2017 and a conditional second rounder in 2018.

According to Arielle Zerr of radio station CJME, Judge had no idea of the number’s significance.

Players generally get to choose their digits but it’s not unheard of for management to declare the number of a recently-departed popular player off limits for a period of time as a show of respect.

Or not.

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