Simon set to make debut, Durant's foot progresses

Eddie Russ also returns with injuries mounting in secondary
Reported by Joel Gasson
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One Riders remains a question mark, while another will finally make his debut.

Quarterback Darian Durant once again didn't practice on Wednesday, after the team had the day off on Tuesday, but there does appear to be some progress.

Durant began the day in a walking boot, but as practice wore on Durant came back without the boot on his right foot.

'It'll still be more so of a game time decision," said head coach Corey Chamblin. "How much pain he has, and how much can he move. Only he knows that at this point."

Chamblin did hint that Durant might practice on Thursday.

As Durant sits and watches so far, Geroy Simon will finally make his green and white debut, as superman has been cleared for takeoff.

"I was telling (receivers) coach (Jason Tucker) that I've been up at 5:30-6 every morning, just ready to rock and roll, ready to practice," said Simon. "Really excited to get out here and play in front of these fans and this organization, it's going to be a treat."

It's been a bit of a journey for Simon to get to this point, having to deal with his first season opening injury, so he admits that Sunday's game is probably the biggest week four game of his career.

If Simon isn't enough of a story line, there will be plenty against Hamilton. Kent Austin returns, Durant might not play, and of course Simon's return.

The one that really effects Simon would be if Durant isn't able to play, head coach Corey Chamblin told reporters that Simon has been bugging Drew Willy all week in case Durant can't go.

"When it doubt throw it to 81," said Chamblin. "If the young guy plays he wants all the balls."

Simon joked that he's only looking out for Willy's well-being.

"I tell all the backups, I get a lot of backups paid in this league," joked Simon. "It's all in good humour, I just want to come out and help the team anyway I can."

That wasn't all of the injury news out of Riderville on Wednesday, defensive back Terrel Maze did return to practice after missing most of the season so far. However, defensive backs Carlos Thomas and Macho Harris remain on the shelf. To help add some depth to the team defensive back Eddie Russ is back, he's been added to the practice roster.