On Thursday, the CFL announced that the game originally scheduled on August 26th between the Edmonton Elks and the Toronto Argonauts has been officially rescheduled to Week 16, on Tuesday, November 16th at 7:30 pm EST. The change will cost the Argos a bye week and comes alongside a few other schedule changes, which set Edmonton up to play a series of 3 games over the course of 7 days.
The rescheduled game will still be played at BMO Field, as an organization that had initially booked the stadium for those dates has agreed to relinquish the venue back to the CFL if accommodated elsewhere.
Other adjustments to the CFL’s schedule are as follows:
- The Saskatchewan Roughriders versus Edmonton Elks game which was scheduled for Friday, November 5 at 9:45 pm EST in Saskatchewan will instead be played in Edmonton on the same date at the same time.
- The Saskatchewan Roughriders versus Edmonton Elks game which was scheduled in Edmonton for Saturday, November 13 at 7 pm EST will now be played in Saskatchewan on the same date at 4 pm EST.
- The Winnipeg Blue Bombers versus Montreal Alouettes game scheduled for Saturday, November 13 at 4 pm EST in Montreal will now be played on the same date and at the same location but at 1 pm EST.
The revised schedule will penalize Edmonton, who will be forced to play a series of 3 games over the course of 7 days. As a result, the CFL and CFLPA have agreed that both teams will be allowed an additional 5 players to their active rosters for the following games:
- Edmonton at Toronto on Tuesday, November 16th.
- Edmonton at BC on Friday, November 19th.
A summary of the schedule changes are listed on the chart below:
|ORIGINAL SCHEDULE||REVISED SCHEDULE|
|Friday, November 5 – EDM at SSK – 9:45 pm EST||Friday, November 5 – SSK at EDM – 9:45 pm EST|
|Saturday, November 13 – WPG at MTL – 4 pm EST||Saturday, November 13 – WPG at MTL – 1 pm EST|
|Saturday, November 13 – SSK at EDM – 7 pm EST||Saturday, November 13 – EDM at SSK – 4 pm EST|
|Thursday, August 26 – EDM at TOR – 7:30 pm EST||Tuesday, November 16 – EDM at TOR – 7:30 pm EST|
The game on August 26th was postponed early last week due to 14 players on the Elks roster testing positive for covid-19. The player who is believed to have started the outbreak was offensive lineman Jacob Ruby, who repeatedly misrepresented to the team that he was vaccinated. As a result, he was released on Tuesday, August 31st.
Per TSN’s Dave Naylor, Ruby did not falsify any documents as some early reports had stated. The club did not demand proof of vaccination until recently, and he could not provide any when called upon. Additionally, Naylor mentioned the CFL has told teams they are not to sign Jacob Ruby.
The Elks finished their 10-day isolation period on Tuesday and returned to team facilities on Wednesday. Currently, everything is on track for the Elks to play their Labour Day matchup in Calgary against the Stampeders on Monday, September 6th, at 1:30 pm MST.
Find the full CFL schedule at CFL.ca.