Three key receivers return to practice with Saskatchewan Roughriders

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Three key receivers returned to practice with the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Tuesday, including Jake Wieneke, Brayden Lenius, and Kian Schaffer-Baker.

Wieneke, who was a full participant, has missed the club’s last three games due to a knee injury. The 28-year-old caught 12 passes for 111 yards over the first the games of the season after joining the Riders as a high-priced free agent from Montreal.

Lenius recently completed a stint on the six-game injured list due to a back injury and has yet to make his debut this season. The Regina native signed back with Saskatchewan midway through the 2022 season following his release from the Atlanta Falcons. He played seven games and made 17 catches for 172 yards and one touchdown.

“It’s great to have them back. First of all, they’re great people and they love the game and they’re good energy dudes,” said head coach Craig Dickenson. “Their legs were a little tired today but we’ll get them back and hopefully they both play on game day.”

Schaffer-Baker was only a limited participant in practice as he continues to recover from off-season surgery on his hip. The native of Mississauga, Ont. caught 68 passes for 960 yards and five touchdowns last season and signed a contract extension with the team in May tying him to the organization until 2025. He worked out for nine NFL teams this past winter but did not sign a contract south of the border.

“It was just minimal stuff for him today,” said Dickenson. “We’ll take him slowly but hopefully we’ll get him back by Labour Day, that’s the goal.”

Canadian offensive lineman Peter Godber was also a full participant in practice on Tuesday after missing three games with a hand injury. Defensive lineman Anthony Lanier II, who has missed the past two games due to a foot injury, was also a full participant.

The Riders (3-3) will face the Toronto Argonauts (5-0) on Saturday, July 29 in a neutral site game in Halifax, N.S.