Alouettes release Canadian linebacker Brian Harelimana

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The Montreal Alouettes have released Canadian linebacker Brian Harelimana.

The six-foot-two, 228-pound defender was selected in the fourth round of the 2020 CFL Draft out of the Université de Montréal. He has since played 27 games for the Alouettes, including the 2023 season opener, recording 14 defensive tackles, nine special teams tackles, three sacks, and one forced fumble.

The 27-year-old dressed for all 18 regular season games in 2022 and made three starts at weak-side linebacker. He made 12 defensive tackles, six special team tackles, three sacks, and one forced fumble.

The native of Laval, Que. was a three-time RSEQ first-team all-star as a member of the Carabins as well as a first-team U Sports All-Canadian in 2018 and a second-team U Sports All-Canadian in 2019.

The Alouettes are on a bye in Week 2 and will return to action on Friday, June 23 when they visit the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.