Alouettes sign three, release Canadians Alexandre Chevrier & Chris Osei-Kusi

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The Montreal Alouettes have added Canadian linebacker Paul Kozachuk, Canadian defensive back Dondre Wright, and American defensive back Jermaine Ponder to the practice roster.

Kozachuk was a sixth-round pick of the Alouettes in the 2018 CFL Draft and played with the team for two seasons, recording 17 special teams tackles in 30 games. He signed with Toronto in February 2020 but was released by the team in May.

Wright was drafted in the third round of the 2017 CFL Draft by Montreal and made an immediate impact as a rookie, recording 57 total tackles in 18 games. He was cut by the Als in June 2019 and signed with the Blue Bombers, dressing for three games that same season. He signed with Toronto in December 2019 but was released one year later and had remained a free agent since.

Ponder was named All-Northeast Conference in 2018 at St. Francis University and originally signed with Montreal in February 2021. He was placed on the suspended list in July and remained there until Tuesday.

The Alouettes also announced that veteran Canadian defensive back Dominique Termansen has been suspended, while Canadian linebacker Alexandre Chevrier and Canadian receiver Chris Osei-Kusi have been released.

Chevrier signed with Montreal as a free agent in February 2021 following two productive seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders during which he recorded 28 special teams tackles. He had appeared in four games this season, recording two special teams tackles.

Osei-Kusi was a fourth-round pick in the 2019 CFL Draft out of Queen’s who was sent back to school after training camp that same season. He was on the practice roster to start the season and has yet to dress for a regular season game.