Consider Vernon Adams the prodigal son.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback is on the field for the first day of Ticats practice, just days after head coach June Jones said he would be traded.
Adams does not appear to be working with the quarterbacks but is running routes with the receivers, though he is still wearing his gold QB jersey.
There’s also some injury news: running back Alex Green is an observer on day one.
Green had 79 carries for 447 yards and five touchdowns and eight catches for 47 yards in six games last year, his first season in the CFL. He missed a portion of training camp while dealing with family issues but returned to play in the pre-season win over Montreal, where he had nine carries for 28 yards.
Green is expected to be the team’s primary running back going into the season but the team has converted defensive lineman Nikita Whitlock and Canadian Mercer Timmis as options. Using Timmis, with Sean Thomas-Erlington as a back up, comes with some ratio benefits.
Remember: it’s just day one of practice and Green could very well be ready to play Saturday against Calgary.
Meanwhile, the injury news is mixed on two other key players who were injured against Montreal. Don Unamba, who took a knee to the head, is back on the field while Canadian Justin Vaughn is a limited participant.