Saturday was supposed to mark a return to competitive football for Texas legend Vince Young, as his Saskatchewan Roughriders open their preseason in the Canadian Football League.
Instead, Young will be forced to watch from the sidelines while nursing a hamstring injury he suffered during practice Tuesday. The injury could not have come at a worse time, as Young was embroiled in an intense competition for playing time behind presumptive starter Kevin Glenn.
Things were already looking bleak for Young, and now some in the Canadian football media are questioning whether he will take the field for Saskatchewan at all.
“Vince is up against it. He knows what he needs to do to get healthy and get back on the field,” Roughriders coach Chris Jones said Wednesday.
The 34-year-old signed with Saskatchewan back in early March, officially beginning his comeback six years after he last appeared in an NFL game. Rust has been evident, and various reports indicate that Young may be falling behind the other quarterbacks in camp.
Glenn, 37, who played his college ball for Illinois State, is entering his 17th CFL season. The Detroit native was signed by the team back in January and has been named as the starter by Jones.
Behind him are Young and three others: ex-Oregon backup Bryan Bennett, Brandon Bridge and former North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams.
According to CBC’s Glenn Reid, Bennett impressed during a mock game on Monday while Young struggled. Bennett completed 10 of 11 passes for 150 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Young went 6-for-10 with two picks and two time-count violations.
Murray McCormick, the Roughriders beat writer for the Regina Leader-Post, estimated on Twitter that Young is fourth on the depth chart behind both Bennett and Bridge.
If you're interested my #RidersTC QB depth chart: 1. Glenn; 2. Bennett; 3. Brandon Bridge; 4. Vince Young; 5. Marquise Williams.
— Murray McCormick (@murraylp) May 31, 2017
And during Wednesday’s press conference, Jones confirmed that the team had reached out to Jake Heaps, who competed in the Riders’ mini-camp before catching on briefly with the Seattle Seahawks.
Saturday’s game is the first of two preseason contests for Saskatchewan before the season opener on June 22. That means Young only has two weeks to get himself healthy and make a good impression. Time is running out fast, at least as far as this current opportunity is concerned.