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Riders pull out 35-30 win over Winnipeg in Labour Day Classic

paNOW Staff

All's well that ends well for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

It wasn't a perfect 10 but the Riders picked up their 10th straight win in the Labour Day Classic as they pulled out a 35-30 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

"We're battle tested," said Darian Durant. "I think the veterans in this room we've been through any time of game scenario."

UPDATE: Weston Dressler officially back with the Riders
By Joel Gasson paNOW Staff

The wait is over and Rider Nation is celebrating the news that Weston Dressler is returning to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The Riders announced on Thursday morning that the receiver had officially signed back with the team.

Riders mum on Darian Durant's status
By Joel Gasson paNOW Staff

Rider Nation is no closer to knowing how badly hurt Darian Durant's throwing hand is.

The Riders returned to practice on Wednesday as preparations began for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Labour Day Classic at Mosaic Stadium.

When the team took to the field, Durant was part of the opening offensive walk through but did not do much for the rest of practice, especially when it came to throwing the football.

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Weston Dressler is officially a free man.

Dressler was released by the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday and, as expected, cleared NFL waivers on Tuesday.

Under NFL rules, teams have 24 hours after a player is released to pick up said player and their contract. No team tried to claim Dressler so now he is free to sign anywhere he wants in the CFL or the NFL.

It's expected that Dresser will draw attention from much of the CFL.

Scott McHenry out with an injured neck

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There’s good and bad news when it comes to the status of Riders fullback Scott McHenry.

The team announced on Monday that McHenry suffered a neck injury during Sunday’s game against the B.C. Lions. McHenry was hurt covering a kick-return in the second half, he was able to walk off on his own but did not return. After the game, McHenry was seen in a neck brace leaving the stadium in an ambulance where he was taken to hospital.

Weston Dressler released by Kansas City Chiefs
paNOW Staff

Weston Dressler has officially been released by the Kansas City Chiefs.

The NFL team announced the first round of roster cuts on Monday, with former Roughrider star receiver among those on the list.

Dressler has the option of waiting 10 days to see if another NFL team picks him up. Otherwise, he could be returning to the green and white very soon.

As an unrestricted free agent, he is technically eligible to sign with any CFL team.

Check back for updates on this developing story. 

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Riders grind out 20-16 win in B.C.
By Joel Gasson paNOW Staff

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have done it again. It wasn't pretty or flashy, but once again they found a way to grind out a 20-16 win over the B.C. Lions.

The team was all smiles after the game and plenty of guarantee jokes were flying around the lower level of BC Place as the Riders spoiled what was supposed to be the Lions guaranteed win night.

Instead, it was another win for the guys in green.

B.C. Lions riled up by 'green is the new orange' billboard

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A Roughrider fan billboard outside B.C. Place proclaiming that green is the new orange is causing quite a stir within the B.C. Lions organization.

Rider Nation is also planning a pregame rally planned at the Commodore Ballroom, with 500 fans expected to show up in green and white on Sunday.

Dismay over the rival team buying billboard space across from the Lions’ home turf has prompted Lions President Dennis Skulsky to make a bold prediction.

Riders defence promising better effort against B.C.
By Joel Gasson paNOW Staff

The Riders defence is looking for a different outcome.

Last time the Green and White faced the B.C. Lions, they were gashed along the ground with over 200 yards rushing. Lions running back Andrew Harris had over 200 yards from scrimmage.

"That's completely unacceptable with this defence, this team and it's not going to happen (against the Lions)," said safety Tyron Brackenridge.

Riders add kicking depth
By Joel Gasson paNOW Staff

The Saskatchewan Roughriders kicking game is now firmly in the spotlight.

The team did the expected on Wednesday and announced the signing of Canadian kicker Justin Palardy. Palardy hasn't played a game yet this year after being released by the Ottawa RedBlacks during training camp. Previously, Palardy played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The move itself might not be much of a surprise but the reasoning behind it might not be what you think.

Patient Riders down Alouettes 16-11
Patient Riders down Alouettes 16-11
By Joel Gasson paNOW Staff

Patience is considered the greatest virtue and the Roughriders showed it in spades on Saturday winning their fourth game in a row 16-11 over the Montreal Alouettes.

Fans, players and media alike had to be patient during the game as both teams showed little ability to put up yards on offence let alone scoring touchdowns. It wasn't until the start of the fourth quarter that the Riders were able to break the stalemate and score a major in the hands of the Rob Bagg.

Riders release images of new special edition jersey
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Thanks to help from Rider Nation, the Saskatchewan Roughriders have released images of the new special edition jersey.

The jersey is part of Reebok's new CFL Signature uniforms. The new jersey will be worn by each team twice the season as well as in seasons to follow.

Players on each team got their first glimpse of the new uniforms already, including Rider Rob Bagg.

Defence comes to the rescue in Riders 23-17 over Winnipeg
By Joel Gasson paNOW Staff

There are many ways you could describe that one for the Saskatchewan Roughriders; the one word that comes immediately to mind is gutsy.

The Riders had the entire deck stacked against them in Winnipeg on Thursday night: a short week, an extended road trip and problems off the field. They didn't make it easy on themselves either by taking 17 penalties in the game, some of which kept Bomber drives alive, but somehow they managed to pull an ugly game out of the fire and down the Bombers 23-17 at a sold-out Investors Group Field.

GAME DAY: Riders vs Blue Bombers depth charts

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The Riders close out their two-game road trip tonight in Winnipeg against the 5-1 Blue Bombers.

Attached are the depth chart for both teams. Printable versions can be found at the bottom of the page.

Rider fans look forward to renewed Winnipeg rivalry
By Brady Knight paNOW Staff

The Riders have yet to sell out a game this season, and there's nowhere near the hype from last year's Grey Cup win, but this week's matchup in Winnipeg might be just the thing to re-energize Rider Nation.

For the first time since 2005, Saskatchewan will meet Winnipeg three times in the regular season. And fans seem pretty confident their team will come through with a win.

VIDEO: Taj Smith charged with violating conditions of release
By Joel Gasson paNOW Staff

The Saskatchewan Roughriders will be without receiver Taj Smith when they face the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Thursday evening.

Riders ride early wave to 38-14 win over Ottawa
By Joel Gasson

paNOW staff

For the first time since week one, the Riders are back over the .500 mark.

As they did against the Argos last week, the Riders came out flying and scored early with a mix of strong play from the offence and suffocating defence riding 24 points in the opening 15 minutes, beating the RedBlacks 38-14.

"We could have finished a little better, but we did start fast," said head coach Corey Chamblin. "I thought we did a good job as a team."

Offence comes to life

GAME DAY: Riders trying to climb above .500 in Ottawa
By Joel Gasson

paNOW staff

The Riders are somewhere they haven't been in a very long time.

No, this has nothing to do with their record or anything like that, they literally have not been in the City of Ottawa for a game since 2005. On Saturday, that streak will come to an end as the Riders take on the RedBlacks at TD Place in front of a sold-out crowd.

Early momentum carries Riders to 37-9 win over Toronto
By Joel Gasson paNOW staff

Saskatchewan is breathing much easier now thanks to the Riders.

The Green and White ended their two game losing streak Saturday night at Mosaic Stadium dumping the Toronto Argonauts 37-9, improving to 2-2 on the season.

Statistically there wasn't much separating the teams coming into the game as they both only had one win each, both had elite quarterbacks that were missing high end receivers.

GAME DAY: Riders begin anew against Argos
By Joel Gasson paNOW staff

It's a brand new season.

At least, that's what the Head Coach Corey Chamblin and the rest of his team have been saying this week after their back-to-back losses and subsequent week off.

That theory will be put to the test tonight as the Riders host the team that started this losing skid, the Toronto Argonauts at Mosaic Stadium (8 p.m., TSN).

By Joel Gasson paNOW Staff

When it comes to the Riders offence all of the attention right now is on the running backs.

The ball carriers aren't the only ones going through changes and difficulties right now. Like most of the offence, the receivers are having their fair share of struggles and change as well.

Riders sloppy in 26-13 loss to B.C.
By Joel Gasson

paNOW Staff

The Saskatchewan Roughriders might not have many toes left after their 26-13 loss to the B.C. Lions Saturday night at Mosaic Stadium.

The Riders consistently shot themselves in the foot all night taking bad penalties, missing tackles and missing plays overall as the defending Grey Cup champions looked like anything but dropping to 1-2 on the season.

'I thought we would come out and put together a better performance than we did," said quarterback Darian Durant.

GAME DAY: Riders welcome winless Lions
By Joel Gasson paNOW staff

Something has to give tonight as the Riders host the B.C. Lions at Mosaic Stadium.

Saskatchewan is coming off their worst loss during the Corey Chamblin era and hopes to bounce back to form we saw against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. B.C. meanwhile has lost both of their games so far this season including a 24-9 drubbing at the hands of the Montreal Alouettes last week.

One has to imagine both teams should be fired up heading into this one.

Riders offence remains under construction
By Joel Gasson paNOW Staff

For the second straight week, the Riders will deploy a receiver set that includes three slotbacks with little experience.

Chris Getzlaf will once again be out of the line-up this week meaning Brett Swain, Ryan Smith and Eron Rilly will be Darian Durant's slotbacks against the B.C. Lions.

Dwight Anderson traded to Argos
By Joel Gasson paNOW Staff

Dwight Anderson's time in Ridervile is over.

The defensive back was traded to the Toronto Argonauts on Monday for a conditional draft pick in the 2015 draft.

Anderson spent just one season in Saskatchewan after signing as a free agent in 2013. Anderson finished the season with 53 tackles and five interceptions as he helped the team win the 101st Grey Cup. Through two games in 2014 Anderson had three tackles.

Head Coach Corey Chamblin is scheduled to meet with the media at 11 a.m.

More to come...

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