Durant and Miller defend quarterback's decision to play

Foot still painful
Reported by Jamie Nye
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A Darian Durant body part is once again the most talked about appendage in Saskatchewan.

Durant's foot is still bothering him and despite the criticism from fans and pundits about the quarterback playing with an injury, he's not backing down.

"Every opportunity that I get to go out there and play I want to take advantage of it. If I'm able to walk and help my team out I'm going to try to be out there."

Durant adds until you're in his shoes you can't judge his decision to play in the ultimate must win game. The Roughriders pivot does understand fans concerns.

"I appreciate all the support; their worries, their criticism, whatever it may be. They care about their football here. They care about the success of the Riders. I just so happen to be a big part of that. I definitely understand where they're coming from."

Coach's approval

Head Coach Ken Miller has no problem with the risk.

Miller believes there is a little bit of misunderstanding regarding the severity of the injury.

"The chance of him aggravating that to a serious point is very very small. About as much as you hurting your foot between here and (work)."

Tough it out

Durant says every step and every throw he can feel the pain in his foot. The pain isn't enough to stop him.

"You have to block out the pain as much as you can. Hopefully it can heal to a point where I can be a little more mobile than I was last week."

The big question is whether Durant will still play if the Tiger-Cats were to win on Sunday and knock them out of playoff contention.

Durant says it's conversation he's not yet had with Miller but feels that may mean you see Ryan Dinwiddie on Sunday.

News and Notes

Three new inductees will be placed in the Roughriders Plaza of Honor on Friday. Dan Rashovich, Corey Holmes and Mike Saunders will join the group of legends. They will be honoured during Sunday's game vs. B.C.

Receiver Dallas Baker has left the team to take care of a personal issue. Baker's departure means Efrem Hill, Cary Koch, James Robinson and possibly Ernie Wheelwright will see a larger role in the offense.

Offensive lineman Patrick Neufeld is likely not going to play due to an injury. Alex Krausnick-Groh will be promoted as the sixth offensive lineman.