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Riders' Durant back wearing walking boot on injured foot

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The Canadian Press
7/24/2013 7:20:08 PM
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REGINA -- Darian Durant is back wearing a walking boot.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback didn't practise Wednesday, telling reporters afterwards his right foot injury flared up following the club's 37-0 home win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Sunday. Durant said he went back to wearing the boot in an attempt to give his foot added support.

"It kind of swelled up on me a little bit over the past couple of days," Durant said. "We're just being smart about it, being cautious.

"We'll see where we're at (Thursday)."

Durant, 30, injured his foot in a 39-28 road win over the Toronto Argonauts on July 11. He wore the boot early last week but managed to shed it and resume practising later in the week before starting against Hamilton.

Durant showed no signs Sunday of the foot bothering him, completing 20-of-32 passes for 347 yards and four TDs against Hamilton. Durant also ran twice for 18 yards and was named the CFL's offensive player of the week.

Durant said there was no specific play Sunday that aggravated the injury.

"I really didn't take any hits," he said. "I guess it was just coming from the pounding, starting and stopping, dropping (back) and running.

"All the normal things that happen during a game. It didn't really respond well to that. It was pretty sore (after Sunday's game) and it got a little swollen on me. Right now we're just trying to manage the pain, manage the swelling."

Predictably, Durant is figuring on playing Saturday.

"We're going to take it day by day and see how this thing feels," Durant said. "As of right now I hope to be able to go."

Saskatchewan (4-0) is the CFL's only unbeaten team and Durant has been a big part of that. Durant has thrown a league-leading 12 TD passes and has yet to surrender an interception.

"Right now, he's day to day," Riders head coach Cory Chamblin said of Durant. "It may even go down to a game-time decision."

If Durant is unable to play, sophomore Drew Willy would make his second career CFL start.

Darian Durant (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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