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Saskatchewan Roughriders suspend Trent Richardson as CFL training camps open

Saskatchewan Roughriders running back Trent Richardson breaks a tackle during a Canadian Football League game against the Montreal Alouettes in Regina, Saskatchewan, on Oct. 27, 2017. (

The Saskatchewan Roughriders suspended running back Trent Richardson as the Canadian Football League team opened training camp this weekend for the 2018 season.

Saskatchewan coach Chris Jones said last week the Roughriders did not expect the former Alabama standout for the start of training camp.

"Right now, Trent’s got some situations going on at home," Jones said, "so we’ll just have to see where that goes."

Putting players who don’t report for training camp on the suspended list is a common practice in the CFL. Saskatchewan suspended three players this weekend. Suspended players do not count against a team’s roster limits.

Richardson signed a standard CFL rookie contract for a player with NFL experience last year — a one-year deal with a team option for a second season.

Earlier this year, Richardson said his main objective was to return to the NFL, but he didn’t rule out another CFL season.

"I’m not saying it’s off the radar," Richardson said. "I owe the CFL a lot for giving me the opportunity to come out there and showcase my talents, give me another chance.

"Coach Chris Jones has been a big influence and a very positive role in my life. I talk to him almost every other day. We text all the time. I send guys his way that played at Alabama or guys that I know that can still play."

Last season, Richardson played in four games for the Roughriders.

Richardson ran for 20 yards on five carries in a 27-24 victory over the Toronto Argonauts on Oct. 8, 60 yards on 14 carries in a 33-32 loss to the Ottawa Redblacks on Oct. 13 and 52 yards on nine carries in a 30-7 victory over the Calgary Stampeders on Oct. 20 before breaking out for 127 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries in a 37-12 victory over the Montreal Alouettes on Oct. 27.

After his late arrival in the CFL, Richardson had an early exit, missing the Roughriders’ final regular-season game and their two playoff contests because of an ankle injury suffered late in the game against Montreal.

Richardson hasn’t played in an NFL regular-season game since Dec. 28, 2014.

Richardson won the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s best collegiate running back and finished third in the balloting for the Heisman Trophy while helping Alabama win the 2011 BCS national championship.

The Cleveland Browns selected Richardson with the third choice in the 2012 NFL Draft and signed him to a four-year, guaranteed contract worth $20,489,796.

Despite several injuries, Richardson ran for 950 yards and 11 touchdowns on 267 carries and caught 51 passes for 367 yards and one TD in 15 games in his rookie season.

But two games into his second NFL season, Cleveland traded Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts for a first-round draft choice.

In two seasons in Indianapolis, Richardson ran for 977 yards and six touchdowns on 316 carries and caught 55 passes for 494 yards and one touchdown in 29 games. In three playoff games with the Colts, he carried the ball four times for 1 yard.

After his third NFL season, the Colts released Richardson.

Richardson went to training camp with the Oakland Raiders in 2015, but he didn’t make the team. Richardson got a chance with the Baltimore Ravens in 2016, but a hamstring problem and arthroscopic knee surgery kept him sidelined, and he was waived before he ever got on the field during training camp.

The Roughriders announced they’d signed several players for the opening of training camp, too, including another running back with Alabama football roots — Zac Stacy.

A former Bibb County High School standout, Stacy most recently played in 2015 with the New York Jets. A fifth-round draft choice of the St. Louis Rams in 2013, Stacy ran for 973 yards and seven touchdowns as a rookie.

The CFL regular season kicks off on June 14.

Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @AMarkG1.

Alabama pitcher Alexis Osorio played her final game in Rhoads Stadium on Sunday.

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