sure the riders had some injuries...what teams didnt...but the loss of Clarke, Ferland and Vaughn is hardly a death blow...they suck, or are average at best, so they replaced them with equal amounts of average at best...so really no loss there, and Moore and Evans sure...they are your "starters" but are not world beaters by any stretch, but again it comes down to recruitment and depth...which they dropped the ball on....and Duke being out has actually made them better as a team...the deal there is the guys been a huge bust, and distraction...again comes down to recruitment and depth.
Same with the Faj....ok...he has a brace and is less mobile, but using that as your crutch is pointless...Brace or no brace he would of done what he did since end of 2019....have to be a QB who can pass, stand in the pocket and deliver a throw, or find secondary targets...which he can't...plain and simple.
Their D-line issue too....they reaped the benefits of the first 4 games against garbage competition....not cause Marino is expelled....Robertson got hurt sure but is back...PED Leonard has mised a few, but the games he been in you would have to look at a depth chart to even know he was out there, and oddly enough his disappearance falls right in line from when he couldn't do pee pee....and now is under stricter testing...and amazingly his production has dryed up....again...where's your depth?...Lanier hurts sure....but where is the next man up mentality there...is it there is no next man worthy?...or is the talent evaluation there not good...I chalk it up to that...poor GM'ing there and poor culture....the "oh we been ravaged by injury" is just an excuse...and excuses are for losers...and who else really of any significance that is hurt is crippling them?...teamers and plugs who really are just filler?...I don't see any other major losses other than this week with Hickson and Morrow both down, and having to roll with one true RB on the roster....but again...where's your depth, and what HC rosters a team with only 1 RB??...a dumb one maybe, especially when any of their success was predicated on the run.
We lost a starting center, our top receiver at the time (ellingson) and also Demski for what4 games?...a starting D-end...Our starting WIL....were on our 3rd option at safety...3rd as well at will...one side of our defensive backfield....have also lost another Canadian receiver now in Woli....our top Global but you would never know it...nobody whines about it, or makes excuses...either after a game or the pre-game excuse we seen from a certain team...instead we had guys step in...step up, and amass a 13-2 record...