Montreal Alouettes activate American RB Mike Weber Jr. from suspended list, sign two others

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The Montreal Alouettes have activated American running back Mike Weber Jr. from the suspended list.

The five-foot-eleven, 210-pound ball-carrier attended Ohio State University where he replaced NFL star Ezekiel Elliott in 2016 and was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. He played in a total of 38 games, registering 2,676 yards and 24 touchdowns on 455 carries while adding 54 catches for 297 yards and another score.

The East Orange, N.J. native was selected in the seventh round of the 2019 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys and spent the season on the team’s practice roster. He joined the Kansas City Chiefs’ practice roster a year later where he won a Super Bowl.

Weber Jr. also spent time with the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants, dressing for two regular season NFL games. He also spent time with the New Jersey Generals of the USFL in 2022. He was on the negotiation list of the Saskatchewan Roughriders that season, though the two sides never reached a deal.

The Alouettes have also signed American offensive lineman Naasir Watkins and American linebacker Jaylen Moody.

Watkins spent five years with the Kentucky Wildcats, where he played 25 games at left tackle before transferring to Liberty and suiting up in 11 games with the Flames. He helped Kentucky set a single-season school record with 3,624 rushing yards, 36 rushing touchdowns, and an average of 6.3 yards per carry in 2019.

Moody comes to the Alouettes after he was released from the Saskatchewan Roughriders on May 11. He spent time on the Riders’ practice roster in 2023 after beginning the season with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent.

The native of Conway, S.C. played five collegiate seasons with the University of Alabama Crimson Tide and recorded 95 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, one interception, one forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries over 45 games.

The 24-year-old helped Alabama win the College Football National Championship in 2020. Moody earned the Alabama Football President’s Award this past year, which is given to a player from each unit who has shown perseverance in making outstanding contributions to the team’s success.

The Alouettes will begin their quest for a repeat when they start their regular season against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Thursday, June 6 at Princess Auto Stadium.