Esks release Rector

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:54 AM ET

EDMONTON - Make that Strike 2 for Jamaica Rector.

But the Edmonton Eskimos receiver is out, at least, for now.

Released by the club on Monday for the second time in as many years the 29-year-old Northwest Missouri State product made 66 catches for 736 yards and a touchdown in 24 games after originally signing onto the Eskimos practice squad in October 2008.

After playing his rookie CFL season in 2009, Rector was cut by the Eskimos at the end of training camp last year, only to be flown back in two weeks later.

A former member of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals, Rector was also used sparingly on punt-and kick-return duties in Edmonton.

The Eskimos also announced the release of defensive lineman Larry Birdine.

The six-foot-four, 265-pounder out of Oklahoma ended up in Edmonton last year following short stops with the NFL's Green Bay Packers, Denver Broncos, Tennessee Titans and San Francisco 49ers.

The step-brother of former NFL star linebacker Jason Gilden, Birdine played 12 games with one start last season, recording seven tackles on both defence and special teams as well as recovering a fumble.

The Eskimos open 2011 training camp on June 5 at Clarke Park, while this year's CFL draft will be held on Sunday (10:30 a.m., TSN). Edmonton has the second overall pick, followed by the 10th and 13th overall selections in Round 2.

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