Alouettes repatriate veteran running back Tyrell Sutton

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The Montreal Alouettes have repatriated American running back Tyrell Sutton.

The five-foot-nine, 205-pound Sutton runner returns to Montreal after stints with the B.C. Lions, Toronto Argonauts and Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

He helped Hamilton reach the Grey Cup last November. Sutton completed the 2019 season with 203 rushing yards on 35 carries, in only four games, while making 11 catches for 126 yards and a major. In the Grey Cup he carried the ball 11 times for 86 yards, three of his carries were for more than 10 yards.

“On top of being an adoptive Montrealer, he is a vocal leader that also preaches by example on the field,” Alouettes general manager Danny Maciocia said. “His performances at the end of last season demonstrate that he is an excellent addition to our backfield.”

The 33-year-old running back made his CFL debut with the Alouettes in 2013. During the course of his six seasons with Montreal, he finished atop the CFL with 1,059 rushing yards in 2015. He did so on 180 carries and also scored five rushing touchdowns, on top adding 334 yards and two touchdowns on 43 receptions, earning him a spot on the CFL All-Star Team.

“I am established in Montreal and my first child will be born here in the upcoming weeks,” Sutton said. “I am excited to rejoin a team that showed good things last season and I plan to contribute to its successes in 2020.“

In 77 career games, the Akron, Ohio native has 733 carries for 4,044 yards and 17 touchdowns while catching 189 passes for 1,665 yards and four majors.