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Redblacks aim for first win vs. banged-up Roughriders

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Sep 7, 2019; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach Craig Dickenson reacts to the play during the second half of the Canadian Football League game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Investors Group Field. Winnipeg Blue Bombers win 35-10. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports
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The Ottawa Redblacks will take another shot at landing their first victory of the season Friday night when they visit the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Regina.

Ottawa (0-3) has lost close games to two of the CFL’s undefeated teams — twice to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (19-17 and 19-12) and 34-31 on June 30 to the B.C. Lions.

The game against the Roughriders (3-1) is the Redblacks’ fourth against a West Division team. They do not play in their own East Division until July 16 when they visit the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

“As we start playing the East teams, we need to make sure we stay in the hunt for the playoffs,” Redblacks coach Paul LaPolice said. “Everything we want is in front of us. It’s unfortunate we’re 0-3, but we’ve got to keep our focus. The 0-3, that’s over. Now, we need to go 1-0. That’ll be the message for the guys.

“We’ll learn from the mistakes, we’ll take a day to dwell on it, then we’ll move on and get ready for Sask.”

Saskatchewan defeated the Montreal Alouettes 41-20 at home on Saturday.

Receiver D’haquille “Duke” Williams (hip), cornerback Nick Marshall (knee) and placekicker Brett Lauther (hand and calf) were absent from Saskatchewan’s practice on Tuesday. Marshall and Lauther returned Wednesday in a limited capacity, while Williams again did not participate.

“We were beat up (Saturday),” Roughriders coach Craig Dickenson said. “It’s a short week and we’re trying to make sure that we get to (Friday’s game) with the right guys. We expect all three to play, but we gave them (Tuesday) off.”

They have been listed as questionable for Friday, although Lauther said that he will play.

Receiver Jake Harty (shoulder), running back Kienan Lafrance (knee) and fullback James Tuck (ankle) are out for Saskatchewan.

Ottawa will be without defensive backs Abdul Kanneh (ankle), Frankie Griffin (hamstring), Monshadrik “Money” Hunter (knee) and Patrick Levels (calf), offensive lineman Ucambre Williams (knee) and defensive lineman Kene Onyeka (hamstring).

–Field Level Media