Charleston Hughes returns to the Riders starting lineup

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders have the reigning sack champion back in the starting lineup.

Charleston Hughes is rested and ready to play.

Hughes’ name was nowhere to be found on the final Saskatchewan depth chart for their Week 14 game against Montreal, which resulted in a win for the green and white. He was listed as a starter on the initial depth chart, but the revised and last copy moved him off.

The Riders put Hughes to the one-game injured list. Aches, pains and playing the long game went into the Riders’ decision to sit the star defensive end. Saskatchewan had a bye in Week 15 which allowed Hughes two full weeks of rest and recovery.

The 35-year-old leads the CFL with 13 sacks in 11 games. Hughes has topped the league in quarterback takedowns four times in his career: 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Five straight seasons Hughes has notched double-digit sack totals and been a league all-star five times.