Redblacks add receiver R.J. Harris to suspended list amidst flurry of roster moves

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The Ottawa Redblacks have made a series of roster moves in order to meet CFL requirements, including placing veteran American receiver R.J. Harris and offensive lineman Randy Richards on the suspended list.

Over the course of three seasons with Ottawa, Harris has totalled 2,066 yards on 157 receptions to go with 635 yards after the catch and four touchdowns. During the 2021 season, the 29-year-old hauled in 46 passes for 595 yards.

The 31-year-old Richards has previously played career 39 regular-season games split between the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Calgary Stampeders, and Toronto Argonauts. He came out of retirement to sign with the Redblacks this offseason.

American receivers Shane Wynn and Seantavious Jones joined the pair on the suspended list, while American linebacker Corey Thompson was added to the retired list.

The Redblacks also released nine players on Sunday, including Canadian receiver Will Corby.

Corby caught 23 passes for 425 yards and two touchdowns with the University of Toronto Varsity Blues in 2021, helping the team reach a 3-3 regular-season record. He was 3DownNation‘s fifth-ranked receiver in the 2021 CFL Draft class, though he went unselected on draft day.

The six-foot-three, 198-pound target has made 124 career receptions for 2,303 yards and 14 touchdowns at the U Sports level and was named a second-team All-Canadian in 2019. He is the younger brother of former Queen’s receiver and Edmonton draft pick Doug Corby.

The team also released fellow undrafted free agent and Carleton defensive lineman Shaiheem Charles-Brown, as well as seven Americans. They include defensive backs Vincent Calhoun, Ky’el Hemby, Jomon Dotson, and Adonis Davis, offensive lineman Obinna Nwankwo, linebacker Bryan Wright, and defensive lineman Trevon Young.