REGINA — The Saskatchewan Roughriders have made a big mid-season addition to their defence, announcing Monday the signing of international linebacker Jeff Knox Jr.
Knox recently attended training camp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after signing with the team in January. He saw action in three pre-season games, collecting two defensive tackles.
Knox, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound linebacker, returns to the Green and White after originally spending the 2015 and 2016 seasons with the team. Last season, the 25-year-old Pittsburgh native had 65 defensive tackles while adding 20 special teams tackles in 17 regular-season contests.
During his 2015 rookie season, Knox established a Saskatchewan Roughriders single season record with 114 defensive tackles on his way to being named the teams Most Outstanding Player, Most Outstanding Defensive Player, and Most Outstanding Rookie.
The team also announced they have added international defensive lineman T.J. Barnes, international defensive back Mohammed Seisay and international offensive lineman Terran Vaughn to the practice roster and have released international defensive back A.J. Jefferson, international defnsive lineman Tavares Bingham and international linebacker Will Ratelle.
The Riders are coming off a 48-28 loss to the Blue Bombers in Week 12 and will take on the Ticats on Friday in Hamilton.