Jordan Williams-Lambert’s return to the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ lineup was short-lived.
The third-year slotback was officially part of Monday’s practice for the first time since July 13 when he sliced his right hand on an LED scoreboard in the north end zone while completing a touchdown catch from Cody Fajardo.
Head coach Craig Dickenson said that Williams-Lambert was stretching on Monday and then felt something pop in a knee.
“We don’t think it’s anything serious,” Dickenson said. “He wasn’t out there (Tuesday) because his knee was sore from something he did stretching for practice.”
The absence of Williams-Lambert has created more opportunities for Paul McRoberts to start at slotback. McRoberts has already had a strong camp and was among the best receivers during Tuesday’s practice.
The Riders, meanwhile, were in pads and helmets on Tuesday. Dickenson was pleased with the pace and physicality of the workout.
“There was one play in particular where the tackle got pushed back into the quarterback that I didn’t like,” Dickenson said. “Overall I thought it was a great day and one of our best of all training camp.
“We were physical and flying around. Nobody got hurt and everybody was playing hard and competing. They also took care of each other, so it was a good day.”
Dickenson was impressed with the play of the offensive line.
“I saw some runs where we gained some good yards,” Dickenson said. “For the most part we kept the quarterback clean.”
Terran Vaughn, who has been nursing a shoulder injury, shared time with Cameron Jefferson at left tackle. Vaughn is wearing a brace to protect his right shoulder.
“The nice thing is I didn’t notice (Vaughn),” Dickenson said. “I was just watching the football and making sure that people are staying away from our quarterbacks. So I didn’t see him specifically.
“The fact that I didn’t notice him out there or hear any hollering that he hurt his shoulder or anybody helping him out is a good sign. Hopefully we can move forward with him at one of those tackle positions because he would help us right now.”
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