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OTTAWA — The Ottawa Redblacks signed Canadian offensive lineman Jacob Ruby to a two-year deal Monday.
Ruby, 29, was a free agent. He was released by the Edmonton Elks in August for misrepresenting his COVID-19 vaccination status.
The league then followed up by telling its teams they couldn't sign him for the rest of the '21 campaign.
"I am extremely excited and proud to be an Ottawa Redblack," Ruby said in a statement. “I want to thank (GM) Shawn Burke and (head) coach Paul LaPolice for making this decision an easy one."
Ruby, from London, Ont., was drafted eighth overall by Montreal in 2015 out of the University of Richmond. He spent two seasons with the Alouettes before signing with Edmonton in July 2017.
The six-foot-seven, 325-pound Ruby has appeared in 63 career CFL games.
"Having skilled Canadians on the offensive line is critical in the CFL and we’re thrilled to be able to add a veteran presence like Jacob Ruby to our group," Burke said. "Jacob brings size and experience to our front five and will be a great fit with what we’re building here."
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 10, 2022.
The Canadian Press