This National Football League training camp has been one of second chances for the quarterbacks of the 2006 Rose Bowl. One of the greatest college football title games in history, both quarterbacks in the game entered the professional level with high expectations. By 2012, both quarterbacks in that game both Matt Leinart, who played for USC, and Vince Young of Texas, had disappeared almost entirely from the professional radar by 2012.
What a difference a year makes. With an inability to stop the read-option scheme so utilized by just about every team with a mobile quarterback, the Green Bay Packers made Vince Young their back up officially this weekend. He was out of football last year after having failed to make the Bills roster in training camp.
Now the Bills have injury troubles and as a result have signed Matt Leinart, previously a free agent. The quarterback who won the Heisman Trophy in 2004 was last seen backing up Matt Schaub for the Houston Texans.
A need for quarterback developed in Buffalo despite a hotly contested battle for the right to start between rookie EJ Manuel and newly signed veteran Kevin Kolb. It had appeared as if the team was close to naming Manuel the starter, before he injured his left knee. He is out for the remainder of the preseason, which left Kolb with the opportunity to win the job for himself.
That did not happen, Kolb instead suffered an injury of his own. Playing against Washington in week three of the preseason Kolb was forced to leave the game with concussion like symptoms. He will not play in the week 4 finale. The injury occurred after Kolb took a knee to the head from an opposing player.
Before reaching a deal with Leinart, Jeff Tuel was the only healthy quarterback left on the roster for week 4.
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