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Green Bay sends Young packing

Cut veteran pivot, running back Green

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Vince Young's days with the Green Bay Packers are over.

Johnny Jolly's comeback is apparently complete.

The veteran quarterback, vying for a backup job, went on Twitter on Saturday to thank Green Bay for giving him an opportunity and wished the team well this season.

Young's departure would leave just B.J. Coleman on the roster to back up Aaron Rodgers. Young was one of 22 players released Saturday by the team to get down to the 53-man roster limit.

"Thanks to (Packers) for the opportunity... Wonderful fans. Good luck this season," Young posted.

Running back Alex Green, who led Green Bay last year with 464 yards on 135 carries, was also cut. DuJuan Harris secured the job down the stretch in 2012, while Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin were selected in the draft to beef up the backfield.

Harris was placed on injured reserve recently with a knee injury, leaving questions about the backfield depth chart. The Packers will go into the season with Lacy, Franklin, veteran James Starks and fullback John Kuhn in the backfield.

Defensive lineman Jolly's return from a three-year layoff appears certain after surviving Saturday's roster cuts. Jolly had been suspended by the NFL for violating the league's substance-abuse policy and served about nine months in prison.

On Twitter, Jolly thanked the Packers and their fans for "the support and opportunity. I won't let you down!!"

Jolly has looked good in camp, displaying his knack for swatting down passes. He had a sack in the final preseason game Thursday against the Chiefs.

Young struggled in that game, going 14 of 30 for 144 yards with two fumbles. That followed a strong showing the previous week against the Seahawks.

The Packers signed Young on Aug. 6. Before that, he was out of football for a year after being cut by the Buffalo Bills.

Drafted by the Titans, Young has had a checkered career as a starter in Tennessee and as a backup to Michael Vick with the Philadelphia Eagles. He's been to two Pro Bowls, and has a 74.4 career passer rating.

The Packers may still be looking for a veteran backup. Coleman was 2 of 7 for 19 yards against the Chiefs.

Green Bay also released veteran backup Graham Harrell earlier in the preseason. Harrell has since signed with the Jets.

Elsewhere on offence, the Packers went with Jarrett Boykin and Jeremy Ross to back up the top trio of Randall Cobb, James Jones and Jordy Nelson at wide receiver.

Among other cuts by the Packers were fullback Jonathan Amosa; offensive linemen Andrew Datko, Garth Gerhart, Kevin Hughes and Patrick Lewis; defensive backs David Fulton, Loyce Means, James Nixon, Chaz Powell and Brandon Smith; receivers Charles Johnson, Tyrone Walker and Myles White; tight ends Matthew Mulligan, Jake Stoneburner and D.J. Williams; linebackers Terrell Manning, Dezmen Moses and Donte Savage; and defensive tackle Jordan Miller.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 1, 2013 B6

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