Riders’ LaBatte signs extension; club releases three players

REGINA — National offensive lineman Brendon LaBatte has signed an extension to remain with the Saskatchewan Roughriders through 2017, the club announced Monday.

LaBatte joined the Green and White as a free agent in February, 2012 after originally being selected by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2008 CFL Draft. The 30-year-old native of Weyburn, Saskatchewan has played 139 career regular season games, with 137 starts, appearing mainly at left guard.

The University of Regina product has played six CFL playoff games and two Grey Cup games, including the Riders 2013 championship.

Currently in his ninth year, LaBatte has picked up seven career Division All-Star nominations and four CFL All-Star nominations. He was also named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 2013.

The Riders also announced that defensive back Derrius Brooks, along with defensive back Demetrice Morley and running back Josh Robinson, have been released.

Brooks was signed by Saskatchewan in January of 2016 and did not play a game this season. Before joining the Riders, the 28-year-old suited up in Calgary in both the 2012 and 2013 seasons, playing in nine and 11 games in each campaign respectively. The Western Kentucky product has 50 defensive tackles, nine special teams tackles and five interceptions in 20 games.

Morely suited up in the Green and White in three games this year, collecting three defensive tackles and one special teams tackle. Robinson, a 2015 Indianapolis Colts draft pick, did not play in game this season.

The club also announced that defensive back Larry Raper, defensive lineman Ian Seau, defensive lineman Devaunte Sigler, offensive lineman Aundrey Walker and national running back Jordon Wilson-Ross were added to the practice roster.

Saskatchewan is coming off of a Week 15 bye and take on the Ottawa REDBLACKS on Friday where they will try to extend their winning streak to three.