Thursday, November 13, 2014
KJ Gets The Start
REGINA -- If Darian Durant is going to start another game for the Riders this season, they'll have to win their Western Semi-Final on Nov. 16 without him first.
The team announced on Thursday that Kerry Joseph will get the ball for the Riders' opening playoff matchup against the Edmonton Eskimos at Commonwealth Stadium on Sunday, as Durant remains at least another week away from returning to action.
Joseph started the Riders' final three regular season games, after the team couldn't settle on either Seth Doege or Tino Sunseri following an elbow injury sustained by Durant during the Sept. 7 Banjo Bowl vs. Winnipeg.
Durant hasn't played since, while the 41-year-old Joseph has secured the Riders' starting quarterback position in the meantime, throwing four touchdowns and five interceptions with a 48.3 completion percentage.
Joseph last started a playoff game in the 2012 Eastern Semi-Final against the Argos in Toronto, and before that in the 2007 Grey Cup Championship. He's thrown 148 touchdowns in his career and rushed for 57 more, while owning a career quarterback rating of 83.0.
The Riders face the Eskimos in Sunday's Western Semi-Final for the fourth time in seven games, as one of the league's fiercest rivalries intensifies. Joseph has started two of his team's three games against its division rival, going 1-1 against the Esks this season.