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Fajardo tracking starts against Argonauts

Fajardo tracking starts against Argonauts

The riders increased the repetitions for quarterback Cody Fajardo on Wednesday, and it looks like he will start against the Toronto Argonauts.

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It looks like franchise quarterback Cody Fajardo will play Friday when the Saskatchewan Roughriders play host to the Toronto Argonauts.

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“We increased his repetitions a bit today,” rider head coach Craig Dickenson said after Wednesday’s closed training session. “He looked fine and we think he will be fine.

“He still has a few things he needs to clarify in terms of concussion protocol, but we feel he should be able to go to the game.”

Fajardo’s repetitions in practice were limited after he suffered a concussion during Saturday’s 33-9 loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Banjo Bowl.

If Fajardo suffers a setback and is unable to play, Isaac Harker would get the start. Paxton Lynch would be added to the roster as the third quarterback. Harker was the quarterback for most of Saturday’s second half.

“Cody had about half of the quarterback reps (Tuesday) and he had two-thirds of them (Wednesday),” Dickenson said. “He took a few more today and that’s all you do. You give him a few more reps and give the other guys some reps too. Then you ask (Fajardo) how he was feeling and if he was having symptoms, but so far so good. ”

Updating watch list

Defensive tackle Garrett Marino (knee) and safety Mike Edem (wrist) do not dress against the Argonauts. Dickenson is not sure if Marino or Edem are on their way to the one- or six-match injury list.

Defensive back Ed Gainey (toe), AJ Hendy (non-football) and Loucheiz Purifoy (rib) practiced on Wednesday. They were limited in the number of repetitions and their status remains to be determined.

He is back

Defensive back Jeremy Clark is back with the Riders.

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Clark, 26, returns after attending training camp this season with the Greens and Whites. He was released after training camp.

Clark was a sixth round (197th overall) of the New York Jets in the 2017 NFL Draft. He spent time on the Jets’ active and rehearsed rosters in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

He will be placed on the riders’ suspended list while undergoing COVID-19 quarantine protocols.

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