Sophomore Chick pick for Riders

IAN BUSBY

, Last Updated: 9:15 AM ET

Although the replacement had a key forced fumbled last week, Ken Miller had no qualms about picking Chick.

With John Chick ready to return from a broken ring finger, the Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach has activated the sophomore defensive end to try and give his defence a boost today against the Calgary Stampeders.

Stevie Baggs played in Chick's starting end spot last week in a 37-34 win over the Stampeders and stripped Henry Burris for a key touchdown, but Chick will get the start in the rematch.

"It's going to be really big," Miller said. "John is a dominant defensive lineman. I'm anxious to see what he can do after not playing for a really long time.

"He only played a few plays before breaking his finger in that game."

During a spate of early-season injuries, Chick went down with torn knee ligaments and was put on the nine-game injured list.

The Utah State product healed quicker than expected, and the Riders used their first-half activation so he could return.

But a compound fracture of his finger put him right back on the injured list, although the 25-year-old has healed quick once again.

Chick is excited to be back, although he will play with a special cast on his right hand that he doesn't feel will limit his effectiveness.

"It's part of the game you can't get used to after playing so long," Chick said. "I had already been on the nine-game for some time. I felt I had a great start, then on the second series I was in, 'Boom.' It's a setback but it's one of those things you have to overcome."

Chick doesn't expect to play every single down, so the Riders will use Baggs to give big No. 97 a breather.

"Whoever goes in is expected to do the job," Chick said. "This isn't a problem because we need to play as good, if not better, as we did last week."


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