Saskatchewan Roughriders national offensive lineman Philip Blake is back in the starting lineup.
Blake has been on the six-game injured list since late July after suffering a broken leg practising with the Riders
“Yet to be determined. This was a big day for Philip. We’ll look at the film and see how he did. If Philip Blake dresses then we got to sit a good Canadian. We gotta be careful and make sure we make the right decision on that,” head coach Craig Dickenson said.
The 33-year-old was originally selected by the Montreal Alouettes in the third-round, 23rd overall during the 2011 CFL draft. He had started 57 games in four seasons with Montreal prior to being acquired by the Riders at the trade deadline last year.
“It gives you the ability to play the guys who are healthy and if a guy is a little nicked up it gives you a chance to sit him. Right now we’re pretty healthy. We’ll look at the film from today and see who looks best.
Blake started three games for Saskatchewan to end last season and five at the beginning of 2019 before suffering the setback against B.C. in Week 6. The Riders have a wealth of options to choose Canadians from up front including Brendon LaBatte; Dan Clark; Dariusz Bladek; Dakoda Shepley and Braden Schram.