CFL issues directive banning teams from signing former Elks OL Jacob Ruby

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The Canadian Football League wants its COVID protocols followed and the three-down league has made a further example out of Canadian offensive lineman Jacob Ruby.

According to TSN reporter Dave NaylorThe CFL has issued a directive to its teams banning any of them from signing OL Jacob Ruby through the remainder of this season. Ruby was released by Elks on Tuesday for violating protocol when he misrepresented his vaccination status to his team.

The Elks released Ruby due to a breach of COVID protocols. He started the first three games of the season at left guard for the green and gold.

His release was made official Tuesday by the Edmonton Football Team, as the team’s tier one players, coaches and staff were in the final day of a 10-day isolation period. The six-foot-seven, 325-pound o-lineman is now a free agent.

The move is part of the Elks ongoing commitment to strictly following the league’s COVID protocols, which are in place to ensure the health and safety of all tier one members and anyone they come in contact with.

The 28-year-old originally signed in Edmonton in 2017 after spending two seasons in Montreal following the Alouettes selecting him in the first round, eighth overall during the 2015 CFL Draft. In three seasons with the Elks, Ruby appeared in 43 games while making 22 starts.