OWENS’ DEBUT WITH RIDERS STILL ON HOLD
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.