Montreal Alouettes release former NFL running back Mike Weber Jr.

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The Montreal Alouettes have released American running back Mike Weber Jr.

The five-foot-eleven, 210-pound ball-carrier signed with the team in January but was suspended near the start of training camp. The club activated him last week and he dressed for Montreal’s recent preseason win over the Toronto Argonauts, recording two carries for 22 yards.

The 26-year-old 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, rushing for 2,676 yards and 24 touchdowns and catching 54 passes 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 will play their second and final preseason game on Friday, May 31 when they visit the Ottawa Redblacks.