Manny Arceneaux back on the field with the Riders

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Riders receiver Manny Arceneaux was on the practice field for the first time in a while with Saskatchewan on Thursday.

“We want him out there taking reps and we feel like he’s good enough we can move him around,” head coach Craig Dickenson said.

“Manny challenges that receiving group to be better each day. He’s got a good shot at playing this week.

Saskatchewan signed Arceneaux to a one-year contract through the 2019 season during free agency in February. Arceneaux played in nine games then a torn ACL knee injury ended his 2018 season, but he did make 32 catches for 553 yards and one touchdown – 1,000-yard pace.

“I’m always feeling as if I can go. It’s just following protocol coming off a season-ending injury, you don’t want any setbacks. You just want everything to fully heal up,” Arceneaux said.

“I’m just waiting to get that tap.”

He spent the first eight years of his CFL career with the B.C. Lions. The 31-year-old has played 129 games recording 556 receptions for 8,169 yards and 55 touchdowns. Arceneaux had three straight 1,000-yard seasons – including a career-high 1,566 yards in 2016 – from 2015-2017. Two times Arceneaux has been named a CFL all-star (2015 and 2016).