Riders’ QB Cody Fajardo completes first pass since West Final at Saskatchewan Rush lacrosse game

Riders’ quarterback Cody Fajardo is a celebrity in Saskatchewan.

The National Lacrosse League team based out of Saskatoon had Fajardo at the Rush’s last home game. It was a major event in the prairie province and everyone in attendance saw Fajardo complete his first pass since the West Final when he played with two torn oblique muscles.

The way Fajardo was banging on the fan drum, it seems he’s fully recovered from the injuries suffered last CFL season. Fajardo said it took around two months to heal.

“I couldn’t do anything. I was pretty much a couch potato. I’m just excited to get back to doing some physical activity and, this past week, I was finally cleared to start doing some physical activity,” Fajardo told The Saskatoon StarPhoenix.

Fajardo took over the starting role. He led the Riders to a 12-4 record as the starter during the regular schedule and first place in the West Division. He signed a two-year contract extension through the 2021 season with the Riders in October, which pays over $400,000 annually.

The 27-year-old Fajardo 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 was the West Division Most Outstanding Player and CFL all-star quarterback.

Off-season sprinkles of Jesus have helped the Riders’ face of the franchise recover back to 100 percent. That should help Fajardo reach his goal of becoming an elite CFL quarterback.

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