Message in a cut

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 9:49 AM ET

B.C. Lions' head coach Wally Buono sent a message through the Lions' den by cutting veteran defensive back Sam Young Monday.

"Sam is not here because we weren't pleased with what we were getting," Buono said bluntly.

Young, who was in the option year of his contract, didn't dress for the Edmonton game on July 7.

He started all 18 regular season games at cornerback in 2005 with 39 tackles and three interceptions. A West all-star during his first full season in B.C. two years ago, he played six games for the Calgary Stampeders in 2003.

Newcomer LaVar Glover has taken Young's roster spot. Trekkies will be thrilled to know he was named after LaVar Burton, who played Geordi LaForge on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Meanwhile, Lions signed import defensive back Brandon Payne and receiver Kendrick Jones to the practice roster.

WHITHER THE WEATHER

Lions' centre Angus Reid now wears a knee brace, so it's tough not to remember the reason why he limped off the field in Edmonton. He also can't forget the bizarre weather that forced a 28-minute rain delay last Friday.

"It was neat to see the speed of the weather change and the speed of it changing back," Reid said. "It was pretty impressive to see what can happen out there with Mother Nature."

Tonight's forecast under the dome? A tad muggy, as usual for July.

ROUGH JUSTICE

Another Saskatchewan Roughrider had a brush with the law.

This time it was running back Kenton Keith. He had a date before a judge Wednesday in Regina to answer a charge of aggravated assault. The citation stems from a July 2 incident at a nightclub in the Saskatchewan capital.


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