Tino Sunseri to start in Montreal

Neal Hughes suffers setback
Reported by Joel Gasson
Change text size: + -

The Riders are once again making a change at quarterback this week, kind of.

Tino Sunseri will start Monday afternoon against the Montreal Alouettes after Seth Doege got the start last week behind centre against the Calgary Stampeders.

Of course, Sunseri did end up playing a little over half of the game against the Stamps after coming in for Doege when he threw three interceptions. So, it's not really a change at quarterback but officially on the depth chart it will be.

This will be Sunseri's fourth start in five games since Darian Durant went down with his elbow injury and he admits the game is starting to slow down a little bit for him now.

"The game really slows down the more and more playing time you get," said Sunseri. "When you first start out, the (20-second play clock) seems like it's going really fast. Last week I was able to see a lot of things, understanding that we were getting in and out of the huddle."

This game will be a test for Sunseri, as under his watch the offence has put up a whopping three points on the board on the road.

Head Coach Corey Chamblin is starting to see a different Sunseri starting to emerge as well.

"Think he's seeing the game a little bit better," noted Chamblin. "Even with not starting one of those games."

It appears that Doege will be the back-up for Sunseri this week as Chamblin suggested that Kerry Joseph still has a ways to go before he's ready. Joseph did take the odd snap with the first team offence in short yardage situations.

Bad news for Neal

A tough break for full back Neal Hughes as he suffered a setback in practice on Friday and didn't practice at all on Saturday.

"It's going to be pretty tough to see him go, but I do expect to see him back next week," said Chamblin.

Offensive lineman Chris Best did practice again on Saturday, but Brendon LaBatte did not. However, it was just a rest day for the left guard. Josh Bartel once again kicked all of the punts with the starting cover team.

Defensive lineman Derek Walker was also absent and will not play Monday in Montreal.

[email protected]
Follow on Twitter: @JGasson_21
Follow on Twitter: @homeofthefans