Riders get RB Jamal Morrow back for must-win game against the Stampeders

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders are giving new starting quarterback Mason Fine some reinforcements as running back Jamal Morrow will return for Saturday’s game against the Calgary Stampeders.

Morrow has been out of action since August after suffering a broken hand in Saskatchewan’s Week 11 loss to the B.C. Lions. Morrow had surgery and has missed the team’s last six games. The initial diagnosis for return was six-to-eight weeks.

The Washington State University product was having a fantastic season with the Riders, leading the league in rushing with 564 yards and two touchdowns on 110 carries at the time he was injured. He has also added 34 receptions for 305 yards and another score.

The five-foot-eight, 205-pound native of Menifee, California was in his first season as the Riders’ primary ball carrier, having initially joined the team in 2019. He spent the duration of that season on the practice roster, before serving as the team’s primary return specialist in eight games in 2021.

Since Morrow’s injury, the Riders have cycled through multiple starting running backs, including Frankie Hickson, Kienan LaFrance and Shaq Cooper. Hickson fractured his wrist in late September, forcing the team to go with LaFrance and then Cooper.

The Roughriders (6-10) host the Calgary Stampeders (10-6) at Mosaic Stadium on Saturday night in a must-win game for the green and white. A win by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in their game against the Ottawa Redblacks on Friday coupled with a loss by the Riders on Saturday would eliminate Saskatchewan from playoff contention.