Canadian wide receiver Jared Wayne waived by NFL's Houston Texans

TORONTO — The wait continues for the Toronto Argonauts.

Canadian receiver Jared Wayne was reportedly waived Tuesday by the Houston Texans on Tuesday as NFL teams finalized their 53-man rosters ahead of the regular season. Wayne had a 19-yard reception during the preseason.

Wayne signed as an undrafted free agent with the Texans before being selected in the second round, No. 16 overall, by the Argos in the 2023 CFL draft. Toronto made the selection knowing it would have to wait for the six-foot-three, 210-pound Wayne, a native of Peterborough, Ont.

If a team selects Wayne, it would have to move him on to its 53-man roster. Should Wayne clear waivers, then he'd be an NFL free agent and able to join any team's practice roster.

On Monday, the Jacksonville Jaguars waived quarterback Nathan Rourke, of Victoria. Rourke was the CFL's top Canadian last season with the B.C. Lions.

And on Saturday the Detroit Lions released veteran Canadian defensive lineman Christin Covington, 29, of Vancouver. The six-foot-two, 305-pound Covington — the son of Canadian Football Hall of Fame defensive end Grover Covington — is an eight-year NFL veteran, having appeared in 102 games with the Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Chargers.

The B.C. Lions own Covington's CFL rights.

Wayne had 146 catches for 2,308 yards and 13 touchdowns in 41 games at the University of Pittsburgh. The Canadian had 60 receptions for 1,063 yards and five TD last season as the school's top receiver.

Other Canadians or former CFL players released include:

— Cornerback Tevaughn Campbell, of Toronto, by Jacksonville. Campbell, 30, has played in the NFL with the New York Jets (2019), Los Angeles Chargers (2020-2022), Las Vegas Raiders (2022) and Jaguars (2022). Prior to that he was in the CFL with Calgary (2015), Saskatchewan (2016-2017) and Montreal (2017-18).

— Tight end Nikola Kalinic by the Los Angeles Rams. The six-foot-four, 253-pound Toronto native began his pro career with the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2019, 2021) before joining the Indianapolis Colts last year. He was waived May 4 before signing with the Rams on July 14.

— Former CFL rush end Shane Ray was released after reaching an injury settlement with the Buffalo Bills. Ray, a '15 first-round pick by the Broncos, spent last season with the Grey Cup-champion Toronto Argonauts before signing with Buffalo in the off-season.

Ray suffered a hamstring injury in a pre-season contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Aug. 19.

— Kicker Brett Maher, who spent time in the CFL with Ottawa and Hamilton, was let go by the Denver Broncos. Maher played for the Dallas Cowboys last year but missed four straight converts in the NFC wildcard game versus Tampa Bay, becoming the first player in league history to miss that many.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 29, 2023.

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