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Some starters sit as Roughriders face Stampeders

10/24/2014 01:40 EDT | Updated 12/24/2014 05:59 EST
It's the final stretch of the season for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, and the team has decided not to play some of it's star players against the Calgary Stampeders. 

The green and white released their depth chart for Friday's game with some notable changes: no Weston Dressler, no Anthony Allen, no Chris Best or Xavier Fulton. And of course, no Darian Durant, who was injured earlier this year.

"Some guys have had some injuries that I guess if it was a normal week they might have needed that one more day," Head Coach Corey Chamblin told reporters. "But we have to be smart about it and make sure we don't set some guys back."

Chamblin added that the roster changes against Calgary will allow him to get a further look at some players he may need to use as the playoffs draw nearer.

"Right now, it's two teams that are starting to position themselves for the playoffs," he said. "They're (Calgary) in different where they can take rest breaks, we're in the thing where we need to find players to make us stronger."

Durant still on injured list

As for Durant, his time on the six-game injured list was set to expire this week, but the Riders opted to extend it. 

"He's making tremendous strides in his rehab, but I think for cap purposes and management that that was the smartest thing to do until we see that he's in at least 85-90 per cent range, that we know exactly what we're going to get," Chamblin said Wednesday.

Chamblin hopes Durant will be ready for the Riders' playoff game in mid-November, and said he had no qualms in putting him in with no game time beforehand.

Meanwhile, Stampeders coach John Hufnagel said star running back Jon Cornish is unlikely to play in Friday's game.

In a post on the Stampeders' official Twitter account, Hufnagel said Cornish will likely miss the game "due to general soreness."

Game time is 7:30 p.m. CST Friday.

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