It’s official: QB Vince Young released by Riders

Vince Young’s football comeback with the Saskatchewan Roughriders ended Saturday.

Leigh Steinberg, Young’s agent, tweeted the former Texas Longhorns’ star quarterback was waived by the Riders after suffering a torn hamstring during the CFL team’s training camp. Young didn’t play in either of Saskatchewan’s two exhibition games.

The Riders confirmed Saturday evening that Young was among the 20 players they’d released.


The six-foot-five, 232-pound Young was injured June 6 and expected to miss four-to-six weeks. Young, 34, signed a two-year deal with the Riders this off-season after spending eight years in the NFL but hadn’t played in a regular-season game since 2011 with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Young was to battle CFL veteran Kevin Glenn for the starter’s job in Regina. Glenn will be under centre when Saskatchewan kicks off the regular season Thursday night against the Montreal Alouettes.

Brandon Bridge of Mississauga, Ont., will be the backup with rookie Rookie Marquise Williams standing third on the depth chart.

Young was 30-2 at Texas and in ’05 led the school to an NCAA title. He went in the first round, third overall, of the 2006 NFL draft to the Tennessee Titans and was the league’s top rookie and a Pro Bowl selection that season

Young, a 2005 Heisman Trophy finalist, started 50-of-60 career NFL games and in `09 was its comeback player and earned his second Pro Bowl nomination. But the Houston native had been out of football since 2014 when he retired after being released by the Cleveland Browns.The dual-threat pivot led Texas to 30-2 record over his three seasons as a starter, leading the school to a 41-38 victory over the USC Trojans in the 2006 Rose Bowl, which that year was the NCAA title game.

He went in the first round, third overall, in the Tennessee Titans. After starting 13 games that season, he was named NFL’s offensive rookie of the year.

Tennessee released Young in July of 2011. He had stints with the Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers and Cleveland before being released by the Browns in May 2014. He retired the following month.

– CP

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