The Calgary Stampeders have opted to rest running back Ka’Deem Carey for their regular season finale against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, putting in jeopardy his chances of winning the CFL’s rushing crown.
Entering the final week of the 2022 season, Carey is leading the CFL with 1,088 yards and 10 touchdowns on 164 carries. B.C. Lions running back James Butler trails by just 34 yards in the rushing race, having amassed 1,054 yards and seven touchdowns on 207 attempts.
With Butler scheduled to play in B.C.’s final contest against Winnipeg and no other backs in serious contention, there is a realistic chance that Carey will be surpassed on the final lap for the rushing title.
It wouldn’t be the first time in his career that Carey has felt the sting of being second-best, as the former NFL first-round pick finished as the runner-up in the 2021 rushing race as well. That year, Carey mustered 869 yards on 164 carries but was vastly exceeded by Montreal’s William Stanback, who powered for 1,176 yards on 193 attempts.
Carey, who was unanimously named the Stampeders’ nominee for Most Outstanding Player earlier this week, is likely willing to concede the league title in favour of a rested body for the playoff push. However, he can still take consolation that Butler requires 17 games to challenge his mark, while he’ll play just 14.
The Stampeders (11-6) are scheduled to kick off against the Riders (6-11) at 8:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, October 29. Rookie running backs Dedrick Mills and Peyton Logan will split playing time in the backfield.