The Saskatchewan Roughriders star quarterback, who missed half the regular
season, is going to miss the opening of the playoffs as well.
Despite what head coach Corey Chamblin said earlier this week, Darian Durant will not be on the roster for the Riders in the West Semifinal game in Edmonton on Sunday.
Roughriders running back Steven Miller has quickly made an impression in Riderville.
The former Appalachian State Mountaineer used his speed last week against the Edmonton Eskimos to rush for 71 yards on 11 carries.
"I'm thankful the organization has trusted me to come in and play at this level," said Miller.
There may never be a Saskatchewan Roughrider sales year like 2013 with Regina hosting the Grey Cup, but Green and White gear always sells big.
Just ask the folks at River City Sports in Regina.
"The Riders sit on top of the pile. A good third of our store is Rider stuff", said assistant store manager James McCallum.
Saskatchewan's Aaron Roy has been called the best bull rider ever to come out of Canada.
With 146 events on the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) circuit, Roy racked up a still-unmatched three Canada championships and stood out in competitions across North America.
But after a massive bull came down on his spine at the 2013 Calgary Stampede rodeo, there were worries he might not walk again, let alone compete.
The guessing game is over in Saskatchewan as the Riders have named Kerry Joseph the starting quarterback for Sunday's West semifinal in Edmonton.
"It's been named, no more charades there," said head coach Corey Chamblin. "Kerry's done a good job and we'll move forward that way."
Joseph being named the starting quarterback isn't too surprising as Joseph took a number of first team reps on Wednesday and did so before Darian Durant. Joseph also took the reps at quarterback in the opening walk-through before the practice officially began.
The Regina Pats got back on the winning track on Wednedsay night beating the Prince Albert Raiders 8-3 at the Art Hauser Centre.
The Raiders opened the scoring off the stick of Jordan Tkatch just 1:40 into the game. From there, the Pats rattle off eight-straight goals including two from 20-year-old forward Pavel Padakin.
The lead up to the CFL's West Division Semi-Final in Edmonton on Sunday remains the tale of four quarterbacks.
This story features veteran pivots Darian Durant and Kerry Joseph in Saskatchewan and young gunslingers Mike Reilly and Matt Nichols in Edmonton. When both teams take to the field on Sunday afternoon at Commonwealth Stadium we could potentially see all four quarterbacks at one point or another in that game.
Commonwealth Stadium is welcoming "horrible human beings" with open arms.
It seems the Edmonton Eskimos' mid-summer radio promotion poking fun at Rider fans is all but forgotten. Eskimos President Len Rhodes says the Saskatchewan Roughriders are a great draw for a western semi-final. Even with Saturday's loss to the Riders, Edmonton wins with ticket sales.
"The moment that Saskatchewan was confirmed as our opponent, ticket sales went very fast," he said.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders don't hit the practice field ahead of the West Semi-Final until Wednesday but the coaching staff is already hard at work.
The coaches are trying to figure out the most basic thing they can right now: who will play in the game on Sunday.
"We're still going back-and-forth in some of the meetings on who exactly should be playing because some guys did some good things the other night," said head coach Corey Chamblin.
The University of Regina Rams ended their season on a low note, losing 56-0 to the University of Calgary Dinos on Saturday.
The game at McMahon Stadium was the last for Rams head coach Frank McCrystal. He is retiring after spending 31 seasons with the team.
The Dinos will now host the Manitoba Bisons in the 78th Hardy Cup on November 15. It will be a rematch of last year's conference championship.
Manitoba is the only team to beat Calgary during the regular season.