On Thursday, the Elks added quarterback Trevor Harris to the team’s 6-game injured list due to a neck injury he sustained in last week’s matchup versus Calgary. Harris was initially cleared to practice earlier in the week and participated in Tuesday and Wednesday’s practices. However, his injury progressed throughout the week, and Harris removed himself from practice late on Wednesday due to increased pain and other symptoms.
The team named quarterback Taylor Cornelius as the starter for their matchup with the Blue Bombers this weekend.
Cornelius signed with the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent following the 2019 NFL Draft but did not make the team’s final roster. In October of 2019, Cornelius was selected by the Tampa Bay Vipers in the 2020 XFL Draft, where he spent time with Elks head coach Jaime Elizondo, while Elizondo served as offensive coordinator to Vipers head coach Marc Trestman.
In 5 games with the Vipers, Cornelius completed 78/123 passes (63.0% Comp) for 858 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions. He’d also run the ball 17 times for 114 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Additionally, Elks wide receiver Jalen Tolliver, who scored a touchdown on Labour Day against the Stampeders, also spent time with Cornelius and Elizondo in Tampa Bay. After spending 2 seasons in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals, Tennessee Titans, and Kansas City Chiefs, Tolliver was selected in the 4th round of the 2020 XFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Vipers. He’d finish the XFL’s abbreviated season with 21 receptions for 297 yards and 1 touchdown, along with 2 rushing attempts for 12 yards.
This season for the Elks, Jalen Tolliver has played in 3 total games so far, catching 7 receptions for 88 yards and 1 touchdown.