From Harding University
Former Harding University defensive back Eddie Russ, Jr., has been moved from the practice squad to the active roster of the Canadian Football League's Saskatchewan Roughriders and could make his professional debut Sunday in a game televised on the NFL Network.
Russ, a 24-year-old native of Cottondale, Fla., has had quite an adventure in Canada since he signed a free agent contract with the Roughriders on May 25. He was released by the team on June 11, added back on June 14, released again on June 25, but was signed to the team's nine-man practice squad two days later.
"It was just a blessing to be here and have the opportunity to be on the team — and even to get released," Russ told the Regina Leader-Post. "I was really humbled that they released me and I was blessed they brought me back."
Russ (6-0, 185) has been on the practice squad for the Roughriders' first three games, all losses, but was called up earlier this week and appears as a second-string cornerback on the team's official depth chart.
Russ took the roster spot of Tad Kornegay, a seven-year veteran who was released by the team following a 33-3 loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Week 3.
The Roughriders meet the 3-0 Toronto Argonauts on Sunday in Toronto. The game will air at 6 p.m. as part of the CFL's television package with the NFL Network.
Russ came to Harding from Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, Calif., in 2009 and compiled 70 tackles and six interceptions in his two seasons as a Bison.
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