After being banned by CFL for misrepresenting vaccination status, Canadian OL Jacob Ruby signs with Redblacks

Photo courtesy: Ottawa Redblacks

The Ottawa Redblacks have signed Canadian offensive lineman Jacob Ruby to a two-year contract through the 2023 season.

The Edmonton Elks released the 29-year-old Ruby in August due to a breach of COVID protocols for misrepresenting his vaccination status. The CFL issued a directive to teams banning franchises from signing him for the remainder of the 2021 season.

“I am extremely excited and proud to be an Ottawa Redblack,” Ruby said in a statement. “I want to thank Shawn Burke and coach Paul LaPolice for making this decision an easy one.”

After becoming a four-year starter at the University of Richmond, Ruby was selected in the first round, eighth overall, by the Montreal Alouettes in the 2015 CFL Draft. The London, ON native appeared in three games for the Als, before signing with the Edmonton Elks in July 2017.

Following dressing for 15 games in 2018, and starting in two, Ruby would go on to become a regular on the Edmonton offensive line. He was a starter throughout the entirety of the 2019 CFL season, and helped the Elks to a, East Division Final appearance that November. In three seasons with the Elks, Ruby appeared in 43 games while making 22 starts.

“Having skilled Canadians on the offensive line is critical in the CFL and we’re thrilled to be able to add a veteran presence like Jacob Ruby to our group,” general manager Shawn Burke said in a statement. “Jacob brings size and experience to our front five and will be a great fit with what we’re building here.”