Trent Richardson has been wearing a walking boot since his best showing in the CFL, per sources.

It’s believed to be a precautionary measure.

The 27-year-old rushed for 127 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries in Saskatchewan’s Week 19 win against Montreal. Richardson’s first 100-yard performance in the three-down league. But the lower-body injury was suffered in that game and he sat out the Riders final regular season contest.

Chris Jones went out and signed Shakir Bell on November 1, a potential safeguard at running back due to Richardson’s setback. Bell played in Stephen McAdoo’s offence while with Edmonton in 2015, the Eskimos won the Grey Cup that year.

Richardson has gradually improved each time out with the Riders, proof of that lies in his average yards per carry which has gone from 4.0, 4.3, 5.8 and 6.4 versus the Alouettes.

The running back position will be intriguing to keep tabs on as the Riders get set to play Ottawa in the Eastern semi-final.

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Justin Dunk is a CFL insider, sports reporter and news anchor.