The Buffalo Bills have brought back Canadian defensive lineman Eli Ankou, signing him to their practice roster.
This marks Ankou’s third stint with the team. The 29-year-old was in training camp with the team in 2021 and rejoined the club halfway through the regular season and dressed for five games, recording nine total tackles and one sack.
The Ottawa native spent part of the 2022 season on Buffalo’s practice roster and remained on it in 2023 before being claimed by the Atlanta Falcons earlier this month. He dressed for one game with the Falcons but was waived on Tuesday.
The UCLA product broke into the league as an undrafted free agent with the Houston Texans in 2017. He has since been a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, Dallas Cowboys, Atlanta Falcons, Bills, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Tennessee Titans.
The six-foot-three, 325-pounder has appeared in 34 career NFL games with three starts, recording 44 total tackles, three tackles for loss, three quarterback hits, and 2.5 sacks.
Ankou was selected in the third round of the 2017 CFL Draft by the Ottawa Redblacks, who still own his CFL rights.