After the Saskatchewan Roughriders placed quarterback Zach Collaros on the six-game injured list, head coach Chris Jones announced Canadian pivot Brandon Bridge will start Saturday night against the Montreal Alouettes.
Bridge entered the Week 2 contest for Saskatchewan, completing 13-of-22 passes for 145 yards while being picked off once and rushing four times for 27 yards. Bridge is familiar with the backup role and used to coming off the bench at any moment, having been there in 2017 behind Kevin Glenn.
He started in Week 13 for the Riders in Hamilton last season and guided the team to a victory with 231 passing yards and three touchdowns. Two weeks later, he came off the bench to lead a comeback win against Toronto, finishing 20-of-28 for 292 yards and two touchdowns.
Overall, Bridge passed for 1,236 yards with a 66.6 completion percentage (92-of-138) and 10 touchdowns to just four interceptions while adding 20 carries for 127 yards and one touchdown on the ground in 2017.
The 26-year-old starts the second game of his career game against the team that drafted him in 2015.