Saskatchewan Roughriders’ QB Trevor Harris headed to six-game injured list with ‘moderate’ MCL sprain

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders were without their franchise quarterback when they returned from the bye on Sunday, as Trevor Harris is headed for the six-game injured list.

The 38-year-old veteran was present at Mosaic Stadium for practice but remained in street clothes as a spectator. He did not take part in any reps while sporting a sizeable brace on his left knee to support what head coach Corey Mace described as a “moderate” MCL sprain.

“We think it’s a sprain but it was a pretty moderate one,” Mace told reporters after the session. “Trevor’s tough. He’s trying to go out there and do it, and if we honestly left it to him, he’d be out here but we’re gonna play it smart. It’s early in the season and we’ve got a long season.”

Harris left the Riders’ Week 3 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats shortly before halftime, suffering an apparent knee injury on a hit from defensive end Nick Usher. He returned to the sideline to start the second half and warmed up while wearing a brace but did not take another snap.

Mace remained positive regarding Harris’ injury after the game, saying the quarterback wanted to play and that the decision to hold him out was precautionary. He is grateful for that approach after the official diagnosis and says the team will remain cautious going forward, though it remains unclear if Harris will require the full duration of his stay on the six-game.

Harris joined the Riders in 2023 but was limited to just five games before suffering a tibial plateau fracture on his right leg. The break required surgery and ended his inaugural season in Regina, leaving him with 1,274 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions on the year.

Since returning to the field this year, the native of Waldo, Oh. has gone 70-of-97 for 872 yards, seven touchdowns, and three picks. In 12 CFL seasons with Toronto, Ottawa, Edmonton, Montreal, and Saskatchewan, Harris has thrown for 30,756 yards, 167 touchdowns, and 78 interceptions.

Shea Patterson, who won the backup job for the Riders in training camp over incumbent Mason Fine, will be next up if Harris is unable to go this week. The 27-year-old was four-of-10 passing for 41 yards and added a touchdown plunge in relief against Hamilton, bringing his career CFL passing total to just 73 yards. Rookie Jack Coan and newcomer Eric Barriere, who was signed Sunday, are the only other QBs on the roster.

The Riders (3-0) will host the Toronto Argonauts (2-1) at Mosaic Stadium on Thursday, July 4 at 9:00 p.m. EDT.