Every once in a while we understand why Canadian Football League teams have three quarterbacks on their roster. For the Ottawa Redblacks this week, Ryan Lindley will get the start against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers as Trevor Harris is on the six game injury list with a shoulder injury and Drew Tate will not play this week with an upper body injury as well.
Lindley completed seven of 14 passes for 76 yards and an interception in the Redblacks’ dominant 29-11 win over the Montreal Alouettes this past Sunday. It will now be interesting to see how Lindley makes the transition from the NFL to the CFL. The 28 year old from San Diego has played in 10 National Football League games (nine with the Arizona Cardinals and one with the Indianapolis Colts) and is no stranger of replacing his team’s starting quarterback as he replaced Carson Palmer while with the Cardinals.
Even though Lindley is getting the start for the Redblacks, it is another former NFL quarterback who is making some noise this week. Johnny Manziel has been working out with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Even though Johnny Football was rejected by the Tiger-Cats last month, there is controversy surrounding the former star from Texas A & M. It is has been reported by the Hamilton Spectator that Manziel must meet with an expert in domestic violence prevention for an assessment and meet with CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie before the CFL would approve his contract.
If Hamilton did pursue Manziel, he would probably start off as their third string quarterback behind Jeremiah Masoli and Zach Collaros.
Remarkably, the Tiger-Cats are in the conversation for a playoff spot in the CFL East. At 2-9, they are only six points out of a playoff spot, and if they can find a way to beat the inconsistent B.C. Lions this weekend, they could get themselves back on track!