The Packers signed veteran quarterback Vince Young to a one-year deal Monday, looking for additional depth behind Aaron Rodgers. Graham Harrell and B.J. Coleman are also on the roster.
Both the Journal Sentinel and ESPNMilwaukee.com reported the signing, citing unidentified sources. Young, who has played for the Titans, Eagles, and Bills since he was the No. 3 overall pick out of Texas in the 2006 draft, reportedly had an impressive workout with the team.
Young’s mobility should help the Packers prepare for their first two opponents in the regular season — the 49ers and Redskins — both of which feature athletic QBs in Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III.
The news was not all positive in Green Bay as multiple media outlets reported left tackle Bryan Bulaga will miss the season after tearing his ACL in a scrimmage Saturday night. Bulaga was the starting right tackle last season and was being counted on to protect Rodgers’s blindside this season.
The Journal Sentinel reported the Packers are considering Marshall Newhouse and rookie David Bakhtiari as replacements for Bulaga.
Jets up in the air
The competition between Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith for the Jets starting QB job remains tight, and coach Rex Ryan is not sure who will start the preseason opener at Detroit Friday night. But Ryan added that both Sanchez and Smith will work with the first-team offense during the game. ‘‘Today’s practice was sloppy,’’ a disappointed Ryan said before later adding, ‘‘One guy I’ll say came out to practice was Mark Sanchez. I thought he was sharp.’’ Ryan also addressed the loud booing Sanchez received from Jets fans after throwing an interception in Saturday night’s scrimmage. ‘‘I’m not going to say I’m disappointed in our fans, but I think we need to move forward,’’ Ryan said. ‘‘The things from the past are in the past. Let’s just focus on what we have in front of us. We’re all going to make mistakes. We’re all going to turn the ball over. We don’t like to, but those are things that are going to happen.’’ . . . RG3 is lobbying coach Mike Shanahan for more practice action, saying he hasn’t experienced any soreness or swelling in his surgically repaired knees during the first nine days of workouts, when he was limited to seven-on-seven drills. ‘‘I’m ready to move on,’’ Griffin said Monday. ‘‘I mean, you can only do so much in seven-on-seven. The completion percentage is there. I feel like the rhythm is there with the guys. We’re finding the holes in the defense when we have to, and we are throwing the check-downs when we have to as well.’’ Griffin likely will be kept out of 11-on-11 drills until next week . . . Bills QB Kevin Kolb, who has been dealing with a left knee injury, has been excused from training camp because of a death in his family.
Miami’s Jones gets $30m pact
The Dolphins signed safety Reshad Jones to a four-year, $30 million extension, a league source told ESPN. Jones was scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in 2014. Jones had four interceptions and 94 tackles last season . . . Bills president Russ Brandon described the chances of reaching a multiyear deal with safety Jairus Byrd as being ‘‘absolutely’’ realistic even though Byrd, a franchise player, and the team are at a stalemate in talks. The two-time Pro Bowl selection remains unsigned, and it’s unclear when he’ll report by accepting the team’s one-year, $6.9 million contract offer . . . Broncos right tackle Orlando Franklin left practice with an injured hip and did not return. Franklin’s injury was the latest on Denver’s offensive line. After the third-year veteran went out, guard Louis Vasquez moved into his spot and recently signed Ryan Lilja moved to right guard. Manny Ramirez has been filling in at center while Chris Clark is playing left tackle in place of Ryan Clady, whose surgically repaired right shoulder is still healing.
Richardson back in action
Browns running back Trent Richardson (bruised right shin) was in full pads and practiced for the first time since Thursday when he was inadvertently kicked . . . Ravens tight end Ed Dickson has a slight hamstring tear and will miss at least a week . . . According to an ESPN report, 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis had surgery recently to repair a broken right hand and is expected to miss at least three weeks . . . Saints receiver Marques Colston (foot) returned from the PUP list and the team also signed receivers Steve Breaston and Brent Leonard . . . The Chargers signed linebacker Jerrell Harris, a former Patriots practice squad member . . . Raiders first-round draft pick D.J. Hayden will not play in Friday’s preseason opener against the Cowboys. Hayden suffered a slight hamstring pull Monday but Oakland coach Dennis Allen said the decision to hold the rookie cornerback out was related to Hayden’s recovery from offseason abdominal surgery . . . Receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey spent Monday afternoon watching Colts practice, gingerly moving around on a sprained left knee that team spokesman Avis Roper said was “not serious’’ . . . The Lions released wide receiver Devin Thomas and linebacker Alex Elkins and signed defensive back Brandon King . . . The Jaguars released receiver Taylor Price (a third-round pick of the Patriots in 2010) and guard Stephane Milhim (a UMass product). Both had foot stress fractures and were never able to participate in camp . . . Receiver Terrell Owens’s agent, Jordan Woy, told ESPN he’s talked to “a bunch of teams” about his client returning to the NFL.