Vince Young's football comeback in Canada could be over after QB gets released

Three months after signing with the CFL's Saskatchewan Roughriders, Vince Young's attempt at a return to football might already be over. 

The 34-year-old was released by the Roughriders on Saturday, according to his agent, Leigh Steinberg. 

The move comes just days after Roughriders coach Chris Jones announced that Young would miss several weeks due to a hamstring injury. Although Jones never detailed the extent Young's injury, Steinberg tweeted on Saturday that the quarterback tore his hamstring. 

The injury originally happened in practice on June 6, just four days before the Roughriders were scheduled to play their first preseason game.  

"It's disappointing that we didn't get to see him in the preseason game because that's the easier time to evaluate him in a real game situation," Jones said on June 12, via

The team didn't realize how serious the injury was until Young underwent a series of medical tests on the hamstring. 

"Then when we had the MRI in Toronto the other day it was actually torn. It was a lot worse than we envisioned," Jones said.

At the time of the injury, Jones said he expected Young to miss at least four to six weeks. 

Young had been competing with several players to serve as backup quarterback to Kevin Glenn in Saskatchewan. Young's two-year deal with the Roughriders didn't include any guaranteed money, which made it easy for the team to dump him after he suffered the injury. 

During his brief stint in Canada, Young never got to play in a game. 

If Young had been able to play, it would've been his first time playing for a professional team since 2013 when he played in four preseason games for the Packers. However, Young didn't crack the roster and was cut by Green Bay before the regular season started. 

The last time Young played in a regular-season game came a full six years ago -- in 2011 -- when he went 1-2 as a starter for the Eagles. The former first-round pick, who was selected third overall by the Titans in the 2006 NFL Draft, spent five seasons with Tennessee before moving on to Philly. 

During his time with the Titans, Young went to two Pro Bowls (2006, 2009) and was named the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2006. 

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