It's the news no one in Rider Nation wanted to hear: franchise quarterback Darian Durant's 2014 regular season is done.
The team confirmed the news on Tuesday morning that Durant had torn tendon in his right throwing elbow and would be undergoing surgery to fix it.
"He's going to be on the six-game (injured list) pretty quickly here," said General Manager Brendan Taman. "Realistically, his regular season is probably done, whether or not we can get him back for the playoffs, we'll see, but it's not the greatest of outlooks."
Roughriders Quarterback Darian Durant won't be playing when the Riders play in Hamilton against the Tiger-Cats Sunday.
Although it comes as no surprise, head coach Corey Chamblin confirmed the news Monday that Durant will be out for week 12.
"Darian's status right now is he sees the doc around one o'clock," Chamblin told reporters at Mosaic Stadium. "Then I can tell you further what's going on but obviously he's out for this week."
Celebrations are muted despite the Saskatchewan Roughriders earning seven wins in a row, beating the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 30-24 Sunday in the Banjo Bowl.
The Riders seemed to be in control going into the second half of the game with a 27-8 lead. Winnipeg cut into the lead opening the half with a touchdown. Then, on the next offensive possession, Rider Nation stood still as Darian Durant went down after a hit from Bryant Turner Jr; the pivot rolled on the ground appearing to be in tremendous pain.
Durant's day would be done with an elbow injury.
The final chapter of the Riders and Bombers regular season series is about to be written.
The first two chapters have been fairly closely contended and hard fought games where the Riders ultimately found a way to win. A script the Riders have followed to a tee for the most part in all seven of their wins to date.
This game could prove to be the hardest yet.
The Riders and Bombers close out their season series at Investors Group Field in the annual Banjo Bowl on Sunday.
The guys in green are trying to complete a rare 3-0 season series sweep. Attached are the depth charts for both teams with printable versions found at the bottom of the page.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders say former CFL linebacker and defensive end Ken Reed has died.
A spokesperson for the team said Friday that Reed and his wife had died in a car accident in Fort St. John, B.C.
Reed played for Saskatchewan from 1965 to 1970 after spending his first two seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos. He won a Grey Cup with the Riders in 1966, the team's first CFL championship in franchise history.
The Riders 2014 draft class is likely going to be put to the test on Sunday in the annual Banjo Bowl.
Outside of defensive lineman Dylan Ainsworth, it's been a pretty quiet start for most of the team's draftees. Receiver Alex Pierzchalski has been forced into special teams duties in recent weeks due to mounting injuries.
Now, a surprise injury to Chris Getzlaf could give Pierzchalski a chance to play on the offensive side of the ball.
The Riders running-back situation is a little unconventional but it's hard to argue with the results.
Like they did heading into last week's game against Winnipeg, the Riders lead the league in overall rushing yards and rushing yards per game. Much of the credit for this success has been given to the offensive line. However, the running backs deserve some credit too.
It's been a trying time for Riders special teams coordinator Bob Dyce.
The veteran CFL coach is dealing with his first major problem since taking over the job last year after three touchdowns were given up over the last three games.
First, it was a missed field goal return by the Alouettes Duron Carter, then when Tim Brown returned a punt for a touchdown and, on Sunday, Bombers' Troy Stoudermire did the same. There was also a blocked punt against the Bombers that led to a field goal.