Edmonton Elks release two Canadians, including RB Ante Litre

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The Edmonton Elks have released two Canadian players one day before the start of free agency, cutting running back Ante Litre and linebacker Malik Tyne.

Litre rushed for a career-high 241 yards on 54 carries and one touchdown in 2022. He also caught 16 passes for 89 yards and made seven special teams tackles while suiting up for all 18 games.

The six-foot, 229-pound ball carrier was selected 28th overall in the 2017 CFL Draft out of Simon Fraser University and spent the first four seasons of his career with the Calgary Stampeders, winning a Grey Cup in 2018.

The 28-year-old has recorded 41 receptions for 319 yards, and 147 carries for 519 yards with three touchdowns over 73 career games.

Bizarrely, Litre was a pending free agent who re-signed with the Elks last month.

Tyne was third-round pick in the 2020 CFL Draft out of Towson University. The six-foot-three, 235-pound native of Brampton, Ont. made six defensive tackles, five special teams tackles, and one sack over two seasons in Edmonton, dressing for 16 regular season games.