02/08/2012 05:43 EST | Updated 04/09/2012 05:12 EDT

Montreal Alouettes cut veteran players Anwar Stewart, Danny Desriveaux

MONTREAL - Anwar Stewart's run with the Montreal Alouettes has come to an end.

The CFL team released the veteran defensive lineman and receiver receiver Danny Desriveaux on Wednesday.

Stewart had spent 10 of his 11 CFL seasons with Montreal and was active in the community.

The club's decision comes a day prior to Stewart's 36th birthday but wasn't surprising as it had been expected for weeks.

The six-foot-four, 255-pound Stewart had seven sacks and 36 tackles for Montreal last season.

Stewart joined the Alouettes prior to the 2002 season after being released by the Calgary Stampeders.

"On behalf of the Montreal Alouettes, I would like to thank both players for their contributions both on the field and in the Montreal community," Alouettes owner Bob Wetenhall said in a statement. "Anwar has been a leader on this team throughout his career and he will always be a member of the Alouettes family."

Stewart, who played his college football at Kentucky, has registered 66 sacks, 10 interceptions and 284 tackles over his CFL career and helped Montreal capture three Grey Cup titles.

He was the CFL's top defensive player in 2004 and a league all-star in 2004 and 2009.

Desriveaux, a native of Laval, Que., spent five seasons with the Alouettes after being drafted by the CFL club in 2006 . The 30-year-old was a member of Grey Cup-winning teams 2009 and 2010.