Rid­ers face late de­ci­sion with pivot

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HAMILTON — It re­mains un­clear who will get the start at quar­ter­back for the Saskatchewan Roughrid­ers on Fri­day night in Hamilton.

Vet­eran pivot Kevin Glenn, who leads one of the top of­fen­sive clubs in the CFL this sea­son, has been rest­ing a bruised hand all week. He will be a game-time de­ci­sion for the matchup with the Tiger-Cats.

Head coach Chris Jones said his de­ci­sion hinges on if Glenn “tells me that he’s ready to go and he’s able to throw. Again, right now, we’re wait­ing to see if that’s go­ing to hap­pen or not.”

Glenn, who’s third in the CFL with 21 touchdown passes, in­jured his hand in last week’s 48-28 loss to Win­nipeg. He was re­placed by Bran­don Bridge and has yet to par­tic­i­pate in prac­tices this week.

Bridge, who has been tak­ing first-team reps, was the one who showed up for the team’s me­dia avail­abil­ity Thurs­day. How­ever, he said he doesn’t know who will get the start, adding he thought Glenn “looked good” when he saw him throw­ing Thurs­day.

Bridge also noted that Saskatchewan’s solid group of re­ceivers makes it eas­ier for any quar­ter­back to step in. The Roughrid­ers are tied with Ot­tawa for the league lead with 24 touchdown catches. Glenn’s favourite tar­get is Duron Carter, who leads the CFL with eight TD re­cep­tions, with team­mate Naa­man Roo­sevelt close be­hind with six.

“They make plays,” Hamilton head coach June Jones said of the Saskatchewan re­ceivers. “Plus, they’re big bod­ies. They get the ball around them, they come down with it. I’m very im­pressed with those guys. And they run af­ter the catch.”

Saskatchewan (5-5) sits in last place in the West but has a game in hand on every team in the di­vi­sion. The Roughrid­ers are also just two points be­hind B.C. in the bat­tle for a pos­si­ble play­off cross­over spot.

Hamilton, mean­while, is on a two-game win streak af­ter go­ing win­less in its first eight games. The Ti­cats may be last in the East, but they’re only five points be­hind first-place Ot­tawa with two games in hand.

Hamilton and Saskatchewan met in Week 3 in Regina. Glenn had 380 yards pass­ing in a 37-20 vic­tory. Jones said Hamilton now has a much dif­fer­ent look.

“Coach (June) Jones has come in and put his stamp on the foot­ball team,” he said. “The thing I see is the play­ers seem to be play­ing fast. For what­ever rea­son, they’re play­ing very fast and phys­i­cal. The quar­ter­back is mov­ing around the pocket. We’ve got to do a great job of keep­ing him in the pocket. But they look like they’re hav­ing fun.”

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