The Edmonton Elks will enter week 20 for their last scheduled game for the 2022 season at home vs the BC Lions. The unfortunate news for the Edmonton Elks that broke out yesterday via TSN, was that the Edmonton Elks will be without their main pivot with QB Taylor Cornelius.
Unfortunately, Taylor Cornelius was diagnosed with a spleen injury after being evaluated further by medical staff after last week’s game.
The injury occurred vs the Toronto Argonauts. Taylor Cornelius scampered for a 30-yard run down the sideline from the Toronto 34-yard line at 7:50 left in the 4th quarter. He then took a clean but massive hit by Argonauts LB Henoc Muamba at the end of the play where he would go down at the Toronto 4-yard line. He would then be assessed shortly after which he would be taken out of the game for safety protocol. He would return to complete the game in the final 3:13 of the 4th quarter.
Although he completed his assessment prior (most likely concussion protocol at the time), it was later revealed that he had suffered a spleen injury after the game. With that said, he is now on the injured list for the final week 20 game at home vs the BC Lions.
He will surely be missed.
Taylor Cornelius was the better of all quarterbacks used in 2022. He would pass for 2768 yards, 11 touchdown passes, 9 interceptions, 502 rushing yards, and 7 rushing touchdowns.
TRE FORD LISTED AS THE STARTER
Tre Ford will be listed as the starter for the remaining game this Friday, October 21st, 2022. Not only will it be the last chance for the Edmonton Elks to snap their horrific current home losing streak, but it will be also interesting on who will be used with the remaining quarterbacks on the current depth chart.
Kai Locksley will most likely be slotted in at QB2 on the depth chart, as he will be continuing his short yardage packages for the Edmonton Elks when needed. However, will the Edmonton Elks risk the fact of placing him on the depth chart also as a wide receiver as they have done during the season thus far? If they go that route, and Tre Ford sufferers an injury, you now have a very thin depth chart at quarterback even though it is a game that they desperately want to win at home to close out the 2022 season. The case can be said also to be that of Kai Locksley going down to injury.
Mike Beaudry who is currently on the practice squad, and had been released and brought back will most likely be bumped up to QB 3 on the depth chart. No offence to Mike Beaudry, but the Elks will try and avoid all they can in not using Mike Beaudry in week 20. For the Edmonton Elks barring any injuries and inconsistent play, with now Tre Ford and Kai Locksley; the Elks will do whatever in their power to end the season on a high note.
The one thing for sure is that fact that it will be a very interesting approach by the Edmonton Elks in week 20 if they decide to use quarterbacks as a wide receiver and or slot back position knowing that there is one less quarterback on the depth chart.
For now, all the Edmonton Elks can do now is play for pride with the absence of Taylor Cornelius at the helm of the Edmonton offence.
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