Suspended Redblacks’ RB Akeem Hunt returns home to U.S.

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Potential starting running back Akeem Hunt has returned home to the United States, according to Postmedia reporter Tim Baines.

Running back Akeem Hunt, who was put on the suspended list by the #Redblacks a couple of days ago, has left camp and returned home.

A team spokesperson did not give any indication why Hunt had returned home. Ottawa signed former Los Angeles Rams running back Justin Davis on Friday.

Hunt spent three seasons in the NFL, two with the Houston Texans and the other as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs. He rushed 45 times for 228 yards — 5.1 yards per carry — caught 13 passes for 99 yards and returned 35 kick-offs for 824 yards.

After going unselected in the 2015 NFL draft, Hunt attended training camp with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent. He was released and spent one week on the Baltimore Ravens’ practice roster before landing in Houston.

The Covington, Georgia played NCAA football at Purdue University rushing for 2,035 yards and 11 touchdowns while recording 100 receptions for 841 yards and six touchdowns. As a returner, Hunt produced 1,747 yards and three touchdowns.

At Purdue’s NFL pro day, Hunt ran a 4.36 40-yard time, 4.11 short shuttle, 6.71 three-cone with a 37-inch vertical, 10-foot-two broad jump and pumped out 14 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.