On Wednesday, September 29th, the Edmonton Elks released a statement stating that general manager Brock Sunderland has been medically exempt from the team’s policy which requires staff to be fully vaccinated. The exemption was granted after consultations with multiple physicians.
The team’s statement says every member of the Elks “remains committed to following public health best practices and adhering to the CFL’s strict protocols” for players, coaches, and support staff. However, the statement mentions no details regarding Sunderland’s health.
Earlier this season, 13 players from the Elks organization tested positive for Covid-19, forcing the team to enter the CFL’s strict Covid protocols and forcing the league to postpone their game that was scheduled in Toronto against the Argonauts.
The Elks currently sit with a record of 2-5 after losing 34-24 to the Ottawa Redblacks on Tuesday evening. Edmonton’s next game is scheduled for October 8th, when the team travels to Winnipeg for another matchup with the Blue Bombers.