Receiver Bralon Addison to make Redblacks debut vs. Elks

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The Ottawa Redblacks will be unveiling an exciting new offensive weapon when they take on the Edmonton Elks on Sunday.

Receiver Bralon Addison is slated to make his debut for the Redblacks after recovering from an Achilles injury suffered last season. He signed with Ottawa after being released by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in training camp but has yet to see game action.

The 29-year-old is coming off a pair of injury-plagued seasons with the Ticats that saw him play in 11 of 32 games over those two seasons. In eight games played a year ago, Addison caught 43 passes for 433 yards.

The five-foot-nine, 197-pound pass catcher’s best season came in 2019 when he caught 95 passes for 1,236 yards and seven touchdowns, all single-season career highs. He was named a CFL all-star following the season and helped the Ticats win a franchise record 15 games that year.

In 31 career games, Addison has snagged 143 passes for 2,013 yards and eight touchdowns. He also rushed the ball 53 times for 298 yards and one score.

The former all-star will take the starting spot of Canadian Nate Behar, who has been placed on the one-game injured list with an Achilles injury.

Defensively, the Redblacks will also welcome the return of two of their biggest stars.

Cornerback Brandin Dandridge (foot) is back after a three-game absence, having been Ottawa’s best player over the first half of the season. In seven appearances, he collected 13 defensive tackles, four interceptions, and two defensive touchdowns, while also serving as the team’s primary return specialist and taking a punt back 79 yards for a score.

Strong-side linebacker Douglas Coleman III (head) is also back in the lineup after missing last week. The 25-year-old has collected 31 defensive tackles, three sacks, two interceptions and a touchdown in nine games.

Depth defensive lineman Deshawn Stevens also draws back into the lineup, while defensive back Deandre Lamont and defensive end Aidan John have been placed on the practice squad. Rookie second-round pick Lucas Cormier will also be a healthy scratch.

The Redblacks (3-7) will visit the Elks (1-9) on Sunday, August 27 at 7:00 p.m. EDT. The two teams met previously in Week 4, with Ottawa capturing a 26-7 victory.

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