Former NFL receiver Ricardo Louis to make CFL debut with Riders in Labour Day Classic

Photo courtesy: Saskatchewan Roughriders

Former NFL receiver Ricardo Louis is making his CFL debut in Sunday’s Labour Day Classic against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The 27-year-old signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in June 2021 and spent the first three weeks of the season on the practice roster. He will start at boundary slotback on Sunday, filling in for Jordan Williams-Lambert who has shifted to boundary wide receiver to replace an injured Shaq Evans.

Louis was a fourth-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in the 2016 NFL Draft and dressed for 32 games over this first two seasons, recording 45 receptions for 562 yards. He missed the following two seasons with a neck injury in 2018 with Cleveland and a knee injury with Miami in 2019, ending his NFL career.

The 27-year-old played collegiately at Auburn University where he was a teammate of veteran Roughriders’ defensive back Nick Marshall, who was playing quarterback at the time.

The pair connected for the “Prayer at Jordan-Hare,” a game-winning Hail Mary that secured a 43-38 win for Auburn over Georgia. The victory helped the Tigers secure a first-place finish in the SEC West Division, electrifying the 87,451 fans in attendance.