Johnny Manziel will make his CFL debut against his former team.
The Alouettes made the announcement Tuesday that Manziel will be their starter when they host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Hamilton dealt Manziel to Montreal on July 24, along with offensive linemen Tony Washington and Canadian Landon Rice, for receiver Chris Williams, Canadian defensive lineman Jamaal Westerman and 2021-22 first-round draft picks.
Manziel made headlines across North America in May when he signed a two-year deal with Hamilton.
The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner played in both of Hamilton’s exhibition games, completing 21 of 31 passes for 168 yards and a touchdown while rushing six times for 19 yards, but remained on the sideline as Jeremiah Masoli’s backup once the regular season began.
Manziel dressed for Montreal’s 44-23 loss last week to Edmonton but didn’t play as Vernon Adams Jr. went the distance, completing 15 of 28 passes for 217 yards and an interception while rushing for 72 yards and a TD on eight carries.
The six-foot, 210-pound Manziel was taken in the first round, No. 22 overall, by the Cleveland Browns in the 2014 NFL draft but was released in March 2016 after posting a 2-6 record over two tumultuous campaigns.
Manziel, 25, appeared in 14 games overall, throwing for 1,675 yards and seven TD passes.