Calgary Stampeders release two, move one to retired list

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The Calgary Stampeders have released American running back Ivory Kelly-Martin, American defensive lineman Cassanova McKinzy, and placed American defensive lineman Tyler Johnson on the retired list.

McKinzy spent the 2021 season in Calgary, though he only dressed for one regular season game in a depth role.

Kelly-Martin signed with the team in early May after spending five years at Iowa, including a redshirt season in 2019. In 44 games during his Hawkeyes career, he ran 181 times for 804 yards and six touchdowns, caught 25 passes for 199 yards and one score and added 23 kickoff returns for 525 yards.

Johnson signed with the team last week after playing 39 games over four seasons with the Sun Devils, earning first-team all-Pac 12 honours during his senior season after recording 36 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, and three knockdowns in 13 games.

The Stampeders also chose to cancel practice on Wednesday in a decision that was unrelated to the league’s ongoing labour dispute. Calgary is expected to return to practice on Thursday morning.

Editor’s note: an earlier version of this article had an error in the headline, though the article itself was accurate. It has since been corrected.