He had a 100 yard game in Toronto last week — but there will be no repeat performance for Naaman Roosevelt.
The Roughriders star receiver will be held out of Sunday’s game against Montreal after sustaining an injury against the Argos.
Head coach Chris Jones said the move is not long-term and mostly precautionary.
“He didn’t really experience any swelling or anything like that but he’s got a little bit of soreness and all I can see us doing is making it worse and we got to have him down the stretch,” Jones told reporters Wednesday.
Jones also added that had they been going into the playoffs, Roosevelt would have played.
It’s a bit of a blow to a Roughrider offence that’s still struggling to find its groove. It has the worst red zone conversion rate in the league right now and touchdowns through the air have been hard to come by.
It’s perhaps why Roosevelt chose to stay in Saturday’s game against Toronto instead of sitting it out. Roosevelt has created quite a reputation for toughness around the league and that night was no exception.
“I think I said after the game, he’s been a guy that takes a lot of hits in this league and keeps getting up and going. That’s what fans and teammates have grown to expect from him,” said quarterback Zach Collaros, adding he wasn’t really surprised that Roosevelt opted to stay in.
“I knew that he had hurt himself a little bit but that’s Naaman, just gutting through it and toughing it out and made some big catches down the stretch for us.”
Rookie receiver Jordan Williams-Lambert also pointed out how much of a competitor Roosevelt is.
“Naaman is really a hard worker, really tough. You see some of the hits he takes and he gets right back up,” said Williams-Lambert.
“It’s big on us to just be able to help him out any way we can to make his job easier because he’s been doing it for a while, so that’s part of us being a receiver group is to pick up our guys when we need to.”
In the meantime, it’s expected that Kenny Shaw will make his green and white debut against the Alouettes this weekend. Shaw was signed by the Roughriders in August after recovering from a season-ending knee injury in 2017. He recorded a 1,000 yard season with the Toronto Argonauts in 2016.