Canadian QB Brandon Bridge to start for Riders

Quarterback Brandon Bridge will start for the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Friday against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, per sources.

Veteran pivot Kevin Glenn has a bruised hand suffered during last Saturday’s Banjo Bowl. The 38-year-old missed all three days of practice this week but the team insisted he was a game-time decision and even listed him as the starter on the depth chart.

Game day CFL rosters are constructed by rule with three quarterbacks, 20 internationals and 21 nationals. The Riders listed four passers, which means one quarterback will be scratched.

Glenn has been excellent this season, throwing for 3,057 yards, 21 touchdowns, 10 interceptions while completing 70 per cent of his passes in 10 games for the Riders this season.

The decision has been made to go with Bridge, a native of Mississauga and the last Canadian quarterback to start a CFL game, doing so in the Montreal Alouettes’ 2015 regular-season finale, a 30-24 overtime loss to Saskatchewan.

Bridge completed 4-of-8 passes for 67 yards and an interception against Winnipeg while adding a 10-yard run. The six-foot-five Canadian is 13-of-20 passing this season for 203 yards with three TDs and the one pick.

Bridge started his CFL career with Montreal in 2015 and has completed 50-of-73 passes for 648 yards with five TDs and two interceptions overall.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.