Roughriders WR Smith not travelling with team to Winnipeg

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8/5/2014 3:57:29 PM
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Saskatchewan Roughriders wide receiver Taj Smith did not travel with the team to Winnipeg, where the club is preparing to face the Blue Bombers on Thursday.

Smith was charged with assault last August after he and teammate Dwight Anderson allegedly beat a man outside of a Regina nightclub. A judge ordered Smith to stand trial after a preliminary hearing in June found that there was enough evidence to try him but not Anderson.

Roughriders head coach Corey Chamblin said he doesn't want any distractions and the team will deal with the situation when they get back to Regina.

Ryan Smith or Chaz Schilens could line up in Smith's spot for Thursday's game, or Chris Getzlaf could move around, according to Chamblin.

Starting guard Brendon LaBatte, who left Saturday's game early in the first quarter with an apparent ankle injury and did not return, took every rep in practice on Tuesday and according to Chamblin, is expected to play on Thursday.

Chamblin said the injury wasn't serious and that LaBatte could have returned to the game if needed but with the Riders in control, it was decided to let LaBatte rest. Corey Watman filled in for LaBatte.

The Roughriders are coming off a convincing 38-14 victory over the Ottawa Redblacks and hold a 3-2 record on the season.

The Roughriders return home after this week to host the struggling Montreal Alouettes.

Taj Smith (Photo: The Canadian Press)


(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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