The Saskatchewan Roughriders will have star receiver Duke Williams back in the lineup on Thursday night when they visit the Montreal Alouettes, though veteran pass-rusher Charleston Hughes has been moved to the one-game injured list.
The Riders practiced only once this week as they are facing a short turnaround following their victory over the Edmonton Elks. Williams was limited on Tuesday due to the ankle injury that held him out last week, while Hughes did not practice due to a hip injury.
“He’s had a shoulder and an elbow bugging him a little bit, he could’ve played but he’s beat up pretty good. We wanted to give him a week off and try to heal him up. He’s legitimately injured, he’s got quite a bit of rehab to do. The nice thing is it’s just soreness, muscle pain and a little bit of stiffness, so we think we can get it out of him,” head coach Craig Dickenson said.
Williams made five catches for 58 yards in Saskatchewan’s season-opening victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He was replaced by Canadian receiver Mitch Picton, who ended up catching the game-winning touchdown pass against Edmonton in Week 2.
“He looks fine, he feels good. It’s that ankle, another day of rest. Do I think Duke’s a hundred percent? No. He’s 90 and Duke at 90 is still pretty good, so we’ll go with him,” Dickenson said.
Hughes has filled a rotational role this season and recorded one tackle, one sack, and one forced fumble through two games. The 38-year-old rejoined the Riders in May after leaving the team as a free agent in February 2021 to sign with the Toronto Argonauts.
Saskatchewan also officially ruled out offensive lineman Dan Clark (ankle) and fullback Bruno Labelle (calf). Former fifth-round pick Logan Bandy will replace Clark at centre in what will be the University of Calgary product’s first career start.