Riders release nine, including former fourth-round CFL Draft pick Alain Cimankinda

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders have released nine players ahead of the opening of training camp, including Canadian defensive lineman Alain Cimankinda.

The six-foot-one, 245-pound Cimankinda was selected in the fourth round, 35th overall, in the 2021 CFL Draft. He spent the entirety of his rookie season on the practice roster and did not see game action.

Cimankinda previously spent three seasons with the University of Guelph Gryphons, finishing 2019 as a second-team Ontario University Athletics all-star. That year the Ottawa native made 36 total tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and one forced fumble. Over 30 career games, the physical defensive lineman racked up 81 total tackles, 27 tackles for loss, 22.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

Some felt that Cimankinda could assume a larger role next season following the departure of Makana Henry, but he will not get a second opportunity in Riderville.

The team also released eight Americans, including offensive lineman Ka’John Armstrong, running backs Justin Covington and Shamar Moreland, receivers Charles Headen III and Darvin Kidsy, defensive backs Jermaine Kelly and Lavonte Larry, and linebacker Luke Holloway.

Training camp is scheduled to open on Sunday, May 15.