Ottawa Redblacks sign Canadian defensive lineman Alain Cimankinda

Photo courtesy: Saskatchewan Roughriders

The Ottawa Redblacks have signed Canadian defensive lineman Alain Cimankinda to their practice roster, the team announced on Wednesday.

The six-foot-one, 280-pound defender was selected in the fourth round of the 2021 CFL Draft by the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He spent his entire rookie season on the practice roster and did not see game action.

Cimankinda previously spent three seasons with the University of Guelph Gryphons, finishing the 2019 season as a second-team OUA all-star. The physical defensive lineman made 81 total tackles, 27 tackles for loss, 22.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery over 30 career U Sports games.

The 27-year-old was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo but was raised in Ottawa.

The Redblacks (4-11) are scheduled to host the Montreal Alouette (7-8) on Friday, Oct. 14 with kickoff slated for 7:00 p.m. EDT.