Dickenson: Fajardo will play in West Final but may not start

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Craig Dickenson updated Rider Nation Friday afternoon on the availability of the club’s starting quarterback.

“We didn’t ask (Fajardo) to do too much today but he was out here going through the motions, threw the ball a little bit,” said Dickenson. “I think he’s going to be fine.”

Fajardo suffered a pulled back muscle in late October and missed Saskatchewan’s regular season finale due to the injury. He was a limited participant in practice on Thursday, though Dickenson believes he will play in Sunday’s West Final at Mosaic Stadium.

“Yes, he will play. I don’t know if he’ll start but he’ll be dressed as one of our three (quarterbacks) and he will play.”

Isaac Harker started the final game of the regular season for Saskatchewan, a 23-13 victory over the Edmonton Eskimos. The 24-year-old rookie completed 23-of-28 pass attempts for 213 yards in his first career CFL start.

The Roughriders also have Bryan Bennett on the roster as the third-string option. The 27-year-old hasn’t thrown a pass this season but is an athletic ball carrier similar to Winnipeg’s Chris Streveler.

“This could be a game you see all three quarterbacks,” said Dickenson, suggesting Harker and Bennett may get snaps along with Fajardo.

Fajardo was recently named the West Division’s Most Outstanding Player after completing 338-of-473 pass attempts for 4,302 yards, 18 touchdowns, and eight interceptions in 17 games. The quarterback recently signed a lucrative two-year contract extension worth over $400,000 per season.