The Saskatchewan Roughriders are hoping franchise quarterback Cody Fajardo can play in Week 7.
Fajardo suffered a concussion in the third quarter of the 2021 Banjo Bowl when Blue Bombers defensive linemen Willie Jefferson took him down for a sack. His head banged into the turf at IG Field and he appeared to be in pain prior to being put into the protocols for a head injury.
“I don’t know what a minor concussion is versus a major — I think a concussion is a concussion, but he’s feeling alright. We’re confident and at least hopeful that he’ll be able to play,” head coach Craig Dickenson said.
The 29-year-old QB was wobbly after absorbing the collision with Jefferson and ground. He was escorted off the field by a trainer, assessed on the bench and did not return to the 33-9 loss to Winnipeg. The Riders are monitoring how Fajardo responds from physical activity to determine his status.
“He’s gotta get through a full week with no setbacks. We gotta gradually amp up his activity and he’s gotta feel good doing so,” Dickenson said.
“You start real slow and if he feels good you give him a little more, if he feels fine you give him a little more. At the end of the week you gotta make sure you stress him enough that you can get an honest answer from him about how he feels and whether he’s ready.”
During practice day one for the Toronto Argonauts, Fajardo split reps with backup Isaac Harker at Mosaic Stadium. Harker has one career start in the CFL, which came in the final game of the 2019 regular season — he’s been with the green and white for over a year-and-a-half.
“If Cody can go, he will go. If Cody cannot go, it’ll be Isaac and I’m confident that we can win a game with Isaac at quarterback. We’ve done it in the past and I think he’s more than capable of doing what we need to do to win,” Dickenson said.
“It’s a luxury to have a backup quarterback with a lot of experience. He’s been here with us for a year-and-a-half, he’s very intelligent and works at it. I feel very confident that if he’s out there he’ll do a good job and help us win the game.”