Elks sign former Riders DB Christian Campbell

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The Edmonton Elks have added American defensive back Christian Campbell to their training camp roster.

The 27-year-old last played in the CFL in 2021 with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He dressed for five games and recorded eight tackles at boundary cornerback and field-side halfback, though he is perhaps best remembered for being the player who was ripped to the ground by Andrew Harris during the brawl that broke out in that year’s Banjo Bowl.

Campbell played four seasons at Penn State University where he recorded 102 total tackles, 19 knockdowns, five tackles for loss, four interceptions, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.

The native of Phenix City, Ala. was selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. He played in four preseason games but was released among final training camp cuts.

The New Orleans Saints soon signed Campbell to their practice squad and he finished the season with the club. He was released the following year and had a brief stint with the San Francisco 49ers before again becoming a free agent.

Following his stint with the Riders, Campbell was drafted by the USFL’s Tampa Bay Bandits, recording 12 tackles in 2022. His rights were transferred to the Memphis Showboats, before he was released in January.

In a corresponding move, the Elks also released American running back Ja’Darious Woods.

Woods attended Baker University from 2018 to 2021, where he was named a three-time NAIA All-American. The five-foot-eight, 195-pound ball carrier set new all-time NAIA career records with 6,666 rushing yards and 96 rushing touchdowns, earning an invite to Seattle Seahawks mini-camp in 2022.