OWENS’ DE­BUT WITH RIDERS STILL ON HOLD

Regina Leader-Post - - SPORTS - Mur­ray McCormick

The Flyin’ Hawai­ian re­mains grounded. Hon­olulu-born Chad Owens won’t dress Fri­day against the Ottawa Red­blacks de­spite be­ing on the Saskatchewan Roughrid­ers’ 46-man ros­ter for the first time this sea­son.

Chris Jones, the Riders’ head coach and gen­eral man­ager, con­firmed Thurs­day that Owens won’t play. He has bat­tled a foot in­jury since train­ing camp af­ter sign­ing with the Riders as a free agent.

“He has been want­ing to play since Week 1 and that’s just Chad,” Jones said. “When you’ve known Chad for as long as I have, you know he wants to play and how much he loves foot­ball. His en­ergy is ev­i­dent when you go out to prac­tice and he will get his op­por­tu­nity even­tu­ally.”

It has been a frus­trat­ing sea­son for Owens, who broke his foot in 2016 with Hamil­ton. “I’m pa­tiently wait­ing,” said Owens, 35. “This in­jury has been a lit­tle bug, but I’m over it now. I’m ready and when­ever the op­por­tu­nity comes I will make it worth it.”

There isn’t any ur­gency for the Riders to add Owens due to the per­for­mance of rookie re­turner Chris­tion Jones.

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