The Edmonton Elks are beefing up their offensive line late in the season, signing National Samuel Thomassin.
Drafted in the second round of the 2019 CFL Draft by the Montreal Alouettes, Thomassin returned to school at l’Université Laval for a final season. He capped an outstanding collegiate career with first-team All-Canadian honours, his second time on the first unit and his third All-Canadian selection overall.
The six-foot-six, 330-pound blocker began his CFL career in 2021, dressing for two games in a backup role. Thomassin spent the duration of the 2022 season on the Alouettes’ practice roster, before being released by the team on August 29.
In addition, the Elks have also placed National running back Maleek Irons on the retired list.
The six-foot, 230-pound native of Chilliwack, B.C. was originally selected by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the third round of the 2019 CFL Draft. He played 24 games over three seasons in Hamilton and recorded 74 carries for 324 yards and one rushing touchdown while adding 18 receptions for 116 yards.
Irons was signed by the Elks on July 17, suiting up for five games in Green and Gold. He recorded 19 carries for 73 yards and one touchdown.
The Elks (4-11) are scheduled to visit the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (13-2) on Saturday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m. EDT.