Roughriders look at all running options
Four tailbacks available to CFL East semifinal against Ottawa on Saturday
Blue Bombers on Sept. 3.
He has started just once since suffering the injury, rushing for 53 yards on 14 carries as the Riders beat the Calgary Stampeders 30-7 on Oct. 20. Marshall said he is fully recovered and ready to play on Sunday.
Richardson is also ready to go despite missing Saturday’s regular-season finale with an ankle injury. He has dressed for four games since signing with the Riders on Sept. 26.
“I’m healthy,’’ said Richardson, who has 48 carries for 259 yards. “If we had to play right now, I could play. I’m not saying that I will be 100 per cent, but my mindset going into the game will be 100 per cent.’’
Thigpen may be the healthiest among the trio of international running backs. He scored on a run and a reception in Saturday’s 28-13 loss to the Edmonton Eskimos.
“I’m sure the coaches have a good idea of what they want to do,’’ Thigpen said. “We’re all getting prepared to be the guy. Then when our number is called, we can produce and we can do what we we can to help team win.’’
A healthy Marshall could be in the mix based on his production before the knee injury. He’s also the most familiar with the Riders’ offensive and blocking schemes.
“I come out here every day and prepare like I’m going to play every day,’’ Marshall said. “These coaches and this team know what I can do.
“We have a lot of talent in the backfield so all of us bring something different. However they shake up the rotation or who want to put it in, we’ll just roll with it. If I’m not playing, I will help the guys any way that I can. If I am, then I will do what I have to do on the field.’’
The situation is reminiscent of training camp, at which the Riders had a number of tailbacks trying out. Marshall emerged as the starter.
“I do feel like it is (my job), but I still want to prove myself every day to show why I won the job in the first place,’’ Marshall said. “We’ve all had to battle with injuries with me, Kienan and Trent missing some time, and then Marcus had a great game last week.
“We have a lot of talent, but that it makes it a lot of fun. We all feed off everyone’s energy.’’