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Darian Durant Would Consider Coming Out of Retirement for Blue Bombers

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In the wake of the announcement that Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ quarterback Matt Nichols is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a knee injury sustained in training camp practice earlier this week, one retired signal caller is considering helping out the team.

According to TSN Football Insider Dave Naylor, recently retired quarterback Darian Durant would consider coming out of retirement to play for Winnipeg.

Durant signed with the Bombers this off-season but retired last month before training camp opened.

“We were informed prior to the start of our mini-camp that Darian Durant, along with his family, was reconsidering continuing his career,” Bombers general manager Kyle Walters said in a statement at the time. “Given the magnitude of this decision, we asked him to take the time to thoroughly consider his options and inform us of his decision.

“Ultimately, Darian has not informed the team of his decision, but we were notified through social media this morning that he has decided to retire from professional football. While we respect his decision, we are of course are extremely disappointed.

Durant, 35, threw for 3,233 passing yards and 15 touchdowns to 16 interceptions in 15 games with the Montreal Alouettes last season.

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Stampeders’ Bo Levi Mitchell Ruled Out

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Calgary Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell has been ruled out for Week 9’s game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Thursday.

Mitchell was able to return to practice on Tuesday, and was able to make a number of throws at various distances and lengths, but the team ultimately decided that he was not ready for action just yet.

Stampeders head coach Dave Dickenson had left the door open for Mitchell to dress against Winnipeg, but now he is not going to dress for the game either.

Mitchell, for his part, is remaining upbeat about his injured shoulder.

“It felt great” Mitchell said on Tuesday, according to TSN. “I didn’t really want to take the helmet off…overall, I felt pretty good.

“That’s Dave (Dickenson’s) decision. Dave and Huf (GM John Hufnagel) – let those guys decide.”

Mitchell will now set his sights on Week 10, where he could return as the team takes on the Montreal Alouettes at home.

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Roughriders Acquire Eskimos’ Kenny Stafford

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Kenny Stafford

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have acquired American wide receiver Kenny Stafford in a trade from the Edmonton Eskimos in exchange for wide receiver Christion Jones, according to announcements on Monday.

Stafford, 29, has collected 30 receptions this season for 366 yards and 2 touchdowns so far this season.

Jones, a return specialist, has returned 111 punts for 1,441 yards and three touchdowns during his career.

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Redblacks Release Jeff Knox Jr.

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Jeff Knox Jr.

The Ottawa Redblacks have released veteran linebacker Jeff Knox Jr., according to an official team announcement on Monday.

Knox, 27, signed with Ottawa last off season and appeared in only one game for the Redblacks this season.

Knox has notched 231 tackles, three sacks and one interception in 51 career games.

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