Ex-Alouettes DE Nick Usher to make B.C. Lions debut vs. former team

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The B.C. Lions are looking to kick-start their pass rush with a new addition to the lineup when they face the Montreal Alouettes on Saturday.

American defensive end Nick Usher, who was signed by the team on August 13, will make his debut for the club against the team that released him in July. He played five games for Montreal to start the year, registering five tackles and a sack.

The six-foot-four, 256-pound pass rusher first arrived in the CFL with the Edmonton Elks in 2018 and had his best campaign the following season, collecting 36 tackles and six sacks. After a brief stint with the Las Vegas Raiders, Usher returned to Canada mid-way through the 2020 season with the Alouettes.

In 58 career CFL games, Usher has amassed 111 defensive tackles and 15 sacks. He is currently listed fourth on the Lions’ depth chart but will be used as a designated nationalized American, able to substitute in place of any of the team’s Canadian defensive linemen. Depth linebacker Brooks Parker will return to the practice roster to make room for the change.

Elsewhere on defence, cornerback Jalon Edwards-Cooper (shoulder) has been placed on the six-game injured list. He will be replaced by veteran cover man Mike Jones, who recorded three tackles in one start earlier this season.

Offensively, the Lions remain unchanged from last week’s loss to Hamilton. However, receiver Alexander Hollins (knee) has been listed as a game-time decision. He currently sits third in the league with 791 receiving yards, just ahead of fellow Lion Keon Hatcher (foot) who is expected to play despite also being listed as as questionable on Thursday’s injury report.

The Lions (7-4) will visit the Alouettes (6-4) on Saturday, September 2 at 7:00 p.m. EDT. This is the second and final meeting between the two clubs, with B.C. claiming a 35-19 victory in Week 5.

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