July 29, 2021

Rosters Taking Shape: Tracking cuts across the CFL

Photo: Stampeders.com

TORONTO — CFL.ca is tracking all of the roster moves as teams are required to reduce their rosters ahead of opening week. Friday night’s 10 p.m. ET roster deadline officially marks the transition from training camp to regular season prep. Stay linked throughout the day Friday and into the weekend for updates as team rosters get fine-tuned.

» Checking Down: News and notes as cuts loom
» Argos release DL Ronald Ollie, WR Terrell Sinkfield
» Elks leave LB Diggs, DL Lemon off final roster

Here are a few notable stipulations regarding the roster moves for Friday:

– All teams need to have their opening week rosters submitted by 10:00pm ET on Friday, July 30.

– Teams can opt to dress 43 or 44 players this season. A total of two of the players for opening week identified must be quarterbacks. A third quarterback can be dressed but he must be listed at another position and follow the guidelines of that position (ex. listed as a WR). Rosters must consist of a minimum of 20 nationals and a maximum of 2o Americans, with two quarterbacks and one Global.

–  Up to 10 practice roster players can be added as of Friday, July 30.

  • Of the 10 practice roster players, there must always be a National. If there are seven players on the practice roster, two must be Nationals.
  • Up to three Global players may be on the practice roster above and beyond the 10 players.

– A new tweak to the practice roster for this season is a CFL Practice Roster, which will only be used while border restrictions are in place.

  • Each club must carry five players broken down as follows: one American OL, one American DB or LB, one American REC or RB, one American DL, one specialist or Global.
  • If a claim is made for a player on this list, he must go to his new team (his existing club cannot keep him from going as they can on the regular PR).
  • If a team loses a player from its CFLPR, they must replace him within 7 days.
  • The original team has the option of recalling the player if he’s no longer on a team’s active roster; the original team also holds the player’s rights beyond this season.

*Denotes International
**Denotes Global


WR Rodney Smith was among the Argos cuts on Friday (The Canadian Press)

Released: OL Maurice Simba, OL Ben Koczwara, WR Rodney Smith*, DL Jhaustin Thomas*, DL Rickey Neal*, DB Tarvarus McFadden*, LB Jordan Moore*, QB Kelly Bryant*

Practice Roster: LB Eric Mezzalira, OL Theren Churchill, WR Tommy Nield, DL Sam Acheampong, WR Dres Anderson*, WR Damion Jeanpiere*, RB D.J. Foster*, LB Eli Mencer*, DB Jamal Peters*, LB Reshard Cliett*, K Toshiki Sato**, DB Tigie Sankoh**, LB Travis Feeney*, DL Julian McCleod*, OL Brandon Smith*, WR Chandler Worthy*, RB Asnnel Robo**

Suspended: OL Jalen Burks*

Disabled List: DL Eli Harold*


Tom Flacco ended up being the odd QB out in a competitive Riders training camp (Photo: Riderville.com)

Released:  DB Jeremy Clark*, OL Carter Comeau, QB Tom Flacco*, OL Antonio Garcia*, DB Deiondre’ Hall*, DL Demetrius Harris*, WR Carlos Henderson*, DB Jacob Janke, DB Lorenzo Jerome*, WR Charone Peake*, LB Michael Pinckney* FB David Savard, WR Randy Satterfield*, DL Sterling Shippy*, DB Michael Stevens*, WR Jordan Suell*, DB DQ Thomas*, RB Ralph Webb*

Practice Roster:  DB Christian Campbell*, DL Alain Cimankinda, DL Charbel Dabire, QB Mason Fine*, LB DeMarquis Gates*, OL Cameron Jefferson*, DL Anthony Lanier II*, OL Andrew Lauderdale*,
WR Ricardo Louis*, WR Paul McRoberts*, RB Jamal Morrow*, WR Kian Schaffer-Baker, P Ben Scruton**, LB Matthew Thomas*, DB Damon Webb*

Players added to the six-game injured list: TBA


Released: DB Tyvis Powell*

Practice Roster: WR Jake Bofshever*, OL Jarrell Broxton*, DB Jalon Edwards- Cooper*, K/P Stefan Flintoft*, DL Alfred Green, OL Matt Guevremont, DL Niklas Gustav**, DB Jamie Harry, WR Cordell Hastings, DB Hakeem Johnson, DL Dana Levine Jr.*, QB Shea Patterson*, DB Nydair Rouse*, DL Kevin Thurmon*, WR Alex Wesley*, DB Bejour Wilson*

Players added to the six-game injured list: TBA


Released: DB Jonathan Alston*, OL Nick Buchanan*, DB Ironhead Gallon*, DL Thomas Grant, DB Dominique Hatfield*, LB D’Juan Hines*, LB Jawuan Johnson*, OL Jack Kramer*, DB Marcus Roberson*, WR Kendrick Rogers*, WR Shannon Smith*, OL Taylor Tappin*, WR Joe Walker*, OL Josh Dunlop (UTSA)*, DB Nate Hamlin (Carleton), WR Wesley Lewis (Angelo State), LB Kean Harelimana (Laval)

Practice Roster: QB Taryn Christion (South Dakota State)*, WR Rafael Araujo-Lopes (Pittsburgh)*, DB Brandin Dandridge (Missouri Western State)*, RB Justin Davis (USC)*, DL Darius Jackson (Jacksonville State)*, OL Jamar McGloster (Syracuse)*, DB Brad Muhammad (Florida International)*, LB Shaheed Salmon (Samford)*, WR Jerminic Smith (Southwest Baptist)*, OL Ketel Asse (Laval), DL Reshaan Davis (Ottawa), WR Michael Klukas (Calgary), DL Clement Lebreux (Laval), K Jose Maltos (Nueva Leon)**, WR Guillermo Villalobos (Itesm Toluca)**, DB Tony Anderson (Grand View)**

Players added to the six-game injured list: TBA


Released: RB Kyle Borsa (returning to school), DB Jamalcolm Liggins*, DB Terrence Alexander*, DL Cedric Wilcots*, WR Deontez Alexander*, WR Blake Jackson*, WR Davon Grayson*, WR Montay Crockett*, DB Mazzi Wilkins*, DB Jeremiah Johnson*

Practice Roster: DL Nick Dheilly, OL Chris Kolankowski, LB Nakas Onyeka, WR Brendan O’Leary Orange, DL Ricky Walker*, DB David Rivers*, OL Drew Richmond*, QB Dru Brown*, WR Cam Meredith*, WR Carlton Agudosi*, OL Tomoya Machino**, DB Sergio Schiaffino-Perez**

Players added to the six-game injured list: TBA

CFL Practice Roster: OL Tyler Johnson*, DL Ezekiel Rose*, DB Demerio Houston*, RB Devonte Williams*, LB Ayo Oyelola**


Dakota Prukop won’t get the chance to play backup to Bo Levi Mitchell in Calgary, but will likely catch interest from other teams in the coming days and weeks (Photo: Stampeders.com)

Released: OL Kwabena Asare, DB Michael Asibuo, DB Corrion Ballard*, REC Shawn Bane*, DB Greg Ducre*, DB Trae Elston* OL Jaylan Guthrie, DB Javien Hamilton*, LB Cory James*, LB Shaydon Philip, QB Dakota Prukop*, REC Malcolm Thompson, REC Fred Trevillion*, REC Aaren Vaughns*, LS/LB Benjamin Whiting, RB Trey Williams*, DL Yurik Bethune*, DL Theo Majette*

Practice Roster: DB Marcelis Branch*, WR George Campbell*, WR Luther Hakunavanhu, WR Malik Henry*, OL Jordan Morgan*, DB Ramon Richards*, WR Andres Salgado**, DL Andrew Seinet-Spaulding, RB Roc Thomas*, WR Dan Williams III*, DB Kobe Williams*

Retired: DL Connor McGough

Players added to the six-game injured list: TBA

CFL Practice Roster: DL Shawn Lemon*, K Kieran Burnham, WR Nick Holley*, OL Leon Johnson*, LB Jarell White*


Global defensive end Valentin Gnahoua — the first overall pick in the CFL’s Global Draft in 2019 — will start the season on Hamilton’s practice roster (Shannon Vizniowski/CFL.ca)

Released: LB Jeff Allison*, DE Jalen Bates*, DB Adonis Davis*, DT Marshall Esokpunwu, WR Jamire Jordan*, RB Byron Marshall*, DB Marko Myers*, WR Cam Phillips*, OL Justice Powers*, LB Jarek Richards, DB, Brad Stewart Jr.*, DB Jean Ventose, K Jimmy Camacho*, WR Emmanuel Butler*

Practice Roster: DT Lee Autry II,* OL Joseph Bencze, DE Ronheen Bingham*, DE Malcolm Campbell, WR Steven Dunbar Jr.*, DE Valentin Gnahoua**, WR Marcus Green*, LB David Izinyon**, DB Anthoula Kelly Jr., DT Chris Mulumba**, OL Jordan Murray*, LB Patrick Nelson*, LS Tom Schnitzler, QB J’Mar Smith*, WR Tyler Ternowski, WR Papi White*, OL John Yarbrough*, K Michael Domagala

Players added to the six-game injured list: TBA


Japanese running back Taku Lee will start the season on the Alouettes’ practice roster (Dominick Gravel/Montreal Alouettes)

Released: OL Samuel Ducharme, K Félix Ménard-Brière

Practice Roster: DL Jamal Davis II*, OL Patrick Davis, DL Chris Favoroso*, LB Brian Harelimana,
WR Kevin Kaya**, RB Taku Lee** OL Junior Luke, WR Chris Osei-Kusi, QB Nick Tiano*, DB Dominique Termansen, WR Reggie White Jr.*, LB Akio Yamagishi**

CFL Practice Roster: OL Nicholas Callender*, DL Anthony Luke*, K Matt Mengel*, DB Rodney Randle Jr.*, WR Rashad Ross*

Players added to the six-game injured list: TBA


Shawn Lemon was among the Elks cuts on Thursday (Edmonton Elks)

Released: DB Jordan Beaulieu, OL Erick Browne*, DL Justin Cates*, FB Peter Cender, OL Thaddeus Coleman*, LB Vontae Diggs*, OL O’Shea Dugas, RB Tarean Folston*, DB Caleb Ham*, DL Shawn Lemon*, DB TJ Mutcherson*, DB Nick Pickett*, DB Robert Priester*, WR Mailkue Richards, WR Kenny Shaw*, DB Kieron Williams*

Practice Roster: DL Misiona Aiolupotea-Pei**, DL Andrew Ankrah*, K Dante Brown, DL Thomas Costigan*, OL D’Antne Demery*, WR Earnest Edwards*, OL Chris Gangarossa, OL Tyler Higby*, DL Reggie Howard*, WR JJ Jones*, DB Afolabi Laguda*, DB Nafees Lyon*, LB Brandon Pittman*, LB Maxime Rouyer**, DB Albert Smalls*, WR Jalen Tolliver*, WR Diego Viamontes**

Suspended: OL Peter Kourtis 

Players added to the six-game injured list: N/A

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