Be­hind 8-ball with­out their No. 7

Ot­tawa QB Har­ris set to be put on six-game in­jured list

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The Ot­tawa Red­blacks could be with­out reg­u­lar start­ing quar­ter­back Trevor Har­ris for the stretch drive of the CFL sea­son.

Har­ris will be added to the sixgame in­jured list due to a right shoul­der sprain and it’s un­clear when he’ll be able to return. Backup pivot Drew Tate will get the nod Sun­day in Mon­treal as the Red­blacks try to hang on to first place in the East stand­ings.

“(Tate) has the abil­ity to move around a lit­tle bit and cre­ate things with his feet,’’ Red­blacks gen­eral man­ager Mar­cel Des­jardins said Tues­day. “He sees the field very well. He un­der­stands the per­son­nel in the league, un­der­stands de­fences, he un­der­stands what peo­ple are going to try to do to us so it’s not like we’re throw­ing some­body in there who’s never been in this league.

“He throws a very nice, catch- able ball and he’s just a smart quar­ter­back.’’

Har­ris suf­fered a sec­ond-de­gree sprain in a 26-22 loss to the Hamil­ton Tiger-cats on Satur­day night. Des­jardins said it’s too early to say when Har­ris might be back, but he doesn’t think he’ll miss the rest of the sea­son.

Ot­tawa leads the weak East Divi­sion stand­ings with a 4-7-1 record. Toronto is one point back and Mon­treal is three points be­hind, with both teams hold­ing a game in hand on the Red­blacks.

Ot­tawa has al­lowed the most sacks in the league this sea­son (30), but Des­jardins is stand­ing by his front five.

“When I look at our of­fen­sive line I would take our group be­fore pretty much any group in the league and I mean that truth­fully,’’ he said. “They are a good group of play­ers. They may not al­ways play the best as a unit and there are break­downs that hap­pen with ev­ery of­fen­sive line, but at the end of the day they are a solid group and we have full con­fi­dence in them.

“A hit or a sack isn’t al­ways going to be the re­sult of the Oline not do­ing their job. There are so many other things that can break down that cause that to hap­pen.’’

Tate, 32, com­pleted eight of 13 passes for 114 yards and one touch­down in relief of Har­ris last week. He has spent most of his CFL ca­reer as a backup and will make his first start in three years against the Alou­ettes.

Last sea­son, Har­ris came in af­ter starter Henry Bur­ris was in­jured and was stel­lar un­til he was side­lined by in­jury. The Red­blacks are hope­ful Tate can be just as ef­fec­tive this sea­son.

“I just hope we win games,’’ Des­jardins said. “What­ever hap­pens as a re­sult of that pos­i­tively I’ll take.’’

A poor first half was too much to over­come last week as the Ti­cats ended the Red­blacks’ three­game win­ning streak.

“It was very dif­fi­cult to watch (the first half),’’ said Des­jardins. “We just didn’t come out with any ur­gency in any facet of our game. We tried to ad­just in the sec­ond half and did a lot of good things, but it was too lit­tle, too late.’’

“At the end of the day if we can get our­selves back on the page we were on prior to this game I think we have a very good chance of mov­ing for­ward in the right di­rec­tion.’’

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Oak­ley sues Knicks own­ers claim­ing defama­tion

For­mer new York Knicks star Charles Oak­ley sued the team’s own­ers Tues­day, say­ing he was de­famed when they claimed he com­mit­ted as­sault and was an al­co­holic af­ter his Fe­bru­ary ar­rest at a game. The law­suit de­tails how Oak­ley was treated be­fore and af­ter he was force­fully re­moved from Madi­son Square Gar­den dur­ing the first quar­ter of a Feb. 8 Knicks’ loss to the Clip­pers. it seeks un­spec­i­fied dam­ages.

a hit or a sack isn’t al­ways going to be the re­sult of the O-line not do­ing

their job.

Mar­cel des­jardins

si gives derozan ammo

demar derozan ap­pears unim­pressed af­ter climb­ing 10 places to no. 36 in Sports il­lus­trated’s an­nual nba player rat­ings. The Toronto Rap­tors star re­acted to the rank­ing with a tweet Tues­day that said “F Si...#proveem.’’ We’re guess­ing the F was not short for fid­dle­sticks. He had a sim­i­lar re­ac­tion last year at Si’s no. 46 rank­ing, tweet­ing

“FOH 46’’ and “Proveem.’’

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red­blacks quar­ter­back trevor Har­ris was hit mul­ti­ple times by the tiger-cats’ davon Cole­man be­fore leav­ing satur­day’s game at td Place.

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