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COVID-19 tests among Elks

Multiple positive COVID-19 tests among Elks leads CFL to postpone game

The club declined to speak to the issue when contacted Sunday
Author of the article:
Gerry Moddejonge
Publishing date:
Aug 22, 2021 • 7 hours ago • 2 minute read •
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Quarterback Trevor Harris (7) of the Edmonton Elks, hands off to James Wilder Jr. (32) against the Montreal Alouettes at Commonwealth Stadium on August 14, 2021. A report by TSN suggests this week's game in Toronto could be postponed by COVID protocols.
Quarterback Trevor Harris (7) of the Edmonton Elks, hands off to James Wilder Jr. (32) against the Montreal Alouettes at Commonwealth Stadium on August 14, 2021. A report by TSN suggests this week's game in Toronto could be postponed by COVID protocols. Photo by Shaughn Butts /Postmedia, file
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Multiple positive COVID-19 tests among Edmonton Elks players have led the Canadian Football League to postpone their next game Thursday against the Toronto Argonauts.
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The league made the announcement shortly after 9 p.m. on Sunday, after the Elks cancelled a practice they had scheduled to hold at Commonwealth Stadium Sunday morning.

The CFL was informed “that a number of Elks players have tested positive for COVID-19,” a press release stated. “This is in keeping with the standard of care for COVID-19 and professional sport. It also reflects our desire to put the health and safety of our players, coaches and staff — as well as public health — above all other considerations.

“The Elks will not practice or travel until our chief medical officers and public health officials have assured us it is safe for them to do so.”

In addition, the league said all players and Elks personnel working closely with players are being subjected to enhanced testing protocol, including isolation, while their most recent opponent, the B.C. Lions, will be closely monitored over the week.
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“Upon review with our chief medical officers, we do not believe the Lions were exposed to a high risk of infection,” read the CFL’s statement.

The league is currently looking at trying to reschedule the game between the Elks and Argos.

“We know this is disappointing news for CFL fans, but we are confident they will overwhelmingly support our decision to put safety first,” the CFL said.

The Elks cancelled its practice Sunday, which would have been Day 1 of on-field preparations for a Week 4 road game against the Toronto Argonauts at BMO Field on Thursday (5:30 p.m.).

The Elks were scheduled to practice from 11:50 a.m.-1:30 p.m. MT, at Commonwealth Stadium earlier in the day. But at 10:35 a.m., the team announced the practice was cancelled and further updates on the practice schedule for the remainder of the week would be provided Monday.
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The club declined to speak to the issue when contacted by Postmedia on Sunday evening.

Three Elks players had already been placed under the league’s COVID protocols this season, including offensive tackle SirVincent Rogers, who spoke publicly about how the virus affected him and the importance of getting vaccinated. He cleared protocol but remains on the club’s six-game injured list with a chest injury.

Also affected was coverage linebacker Brian Walker, who was able to play in Thursday’s 21-16 win over the B.C. Lions, although he wasn’t listed in his usual starting role having cleared protocols heading into last week.

Star pass-rusher Kwaku Boateng missed the game against the Lions after the club announced one day prior that he was out due to COVID protocols.

The CFL’s first postponed game comes on the heels of the previous week, when changes were made to the CFL’s health and safety protocols for vaccinated players, coaches and staff.

Those testing positive are quarantined, as per the league’s health and safety protocols, as well as government and public health rules.
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