Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Cody Fajardo has his sites set on playing in the West Final.
“At this point it’s the playoffs and I will be on the field for the West Final. No matter how painful it is, no matter what the situation happens in practice I will be on that field for the West Final,” Fajardo said.
“I’m excited for the adrenaline because that’s the best drug you can be on is adrenaline. I won’t share that until the end of the season about what the true injury is and what the length of it is because there’s no need until after the year.”
Fajardo met with the local media following his West Division Most Outstanding Player award. He has thrown since the setback occurred — with a whiffle football.
The 27-year-old Fajardo missed Saskatchewan’s regular season finale with an oblique strain. He suffered the back ailment during a closed practice and said it felt like being stabbed.
“He’s getting better slowly but surely. We’re not going to push him. We know we gotta have him ready for the West Final. We’re optimistic that he’s going to be alright,” head coach Craig Dickenson said.
Rookie Isaac Harker made his first career CFL start in place of Fajardo, completing 23-of-28 passing for 213 yards in the win against Edmonton as the Riders clinched top spot in the West for the first time since 2009.
As Saskatchewan’s starter, Fajardo led the Riders to a 12-4 record. He threw for 4,302 yards while completing over 71 per cent of his passes with 18 touchdowns against eight interceptions in his first season as a No. 1 QB. The dual-threat pivot used his legs for 611 yards and 10 touchdowns on 107 rushing attempts, averaging 5.7 yards per carry.
Fajardo signed a lucrative two-year contract extension worth over $400,000 per season and the face of the green and white franchise will be out there for a shot at the Grey Cup.