The hush that enveloped TD Place after Aston Whiteside was carted off with a left leg injury was out of sight, out of mind for most by the end of the Ottawa Redblacks' 35-13 win over the the shambolic Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Injuries are an inevitably large part of the equation across the 18-game meat grinder that is the CFL regular season. In spite of seeing the team sack leader's knee bend in a way it is not designed to, the secondyearv Redblacks (5-4) didn't break on Sunday. They wound up with 10 sacks, which was a decent way to end a two-game skid on an afternoon where defensive line coach Leroy Blugh was recognized at halftime for his recent Canadian Football Hall of Fame induction.
Successful teams find a way to keep injuries from being a convenient excuse. Ottawa (5-4), which put away the reeling' Riders (0-9) with three touchdowns in a three-minute, 44-second span of the second half, will have to do so up front in order to make the playoffs in its second season.
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