Elks release CFL veterans Martese Jackson & Claudell Louis

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The Edmonton Elks have released return specialist Martese Jackson and defensive lineman Claudell Louis.

Jackson played in Saturday’s 26-16 loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders, recording three punt returns for 27 yards, three kickoff returns for 58 yards, a missed field goal for 26 yards, and one carry for two yards. The 30-year-old is in his fifth CFL season and is a former member of the Toronto Argonauts and Montreal Alouettes.

Louis signed with Edmonton in May after spending last season on the coaching staff with the B.C. Lions. He started this past week along the defensive line but did not register a statistic.

The Elks have also moved American receiver Charles Nelson, American offensive lineman Martez Ivey, and Canadian defensive lineman Jacob Plamondon to the active roster while American defensive lineman Nick Coe, American defensive lineman Ben Davis, and receiver Jalin Marshall were moved to the practice roster.

Davis spent the 2021 season with the Texas Longhorns, playing in 11 games and registering 16 tackles, 2.5 sacks,and one forced fumble. Prior to joining Texas, he was a member of the Crimson Tide’s 2017 and 2020 NCAA Championship teams, playing in 24 games for Alabama.

Coe played four seasons at Auburn (2016-19) and recorded 71 total tackles, nine sacks and two forced fumbles. A native of Asheboro, N.C., Coe signed as an undrafted free agent with the New England Patriots in 2020 and joined the Miami Dolphins’ practice roster in September where he spent the entire 2020 season. He was in training camp this year with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Edmonton also released Canadian receiver Shai Ross, as reported by 3DownNation‘s JC Abbott.