Elks’ head coach Jaime Elizondo believes no-practice day is ‘incredibly important’ for players

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The Edmonton Elks did not practice on Wednesday, allowing their players to rest and recuperate following four days of on-field activities.

“They need to get off their feet, they need to get rested and hydrated,” said head coach Jaime Elizondo in a videoconference. “The most important thing and the overarching principle is we need to have a full tank of gas come August 7th. That’s always how we’re going to make those decisions. We had a couple hot days.”

Alberta has been experiencing the same heatwave that’s recently plagued most of Canada with temperatures reaching as high as 35 degrees with the humidex.

“[Wednesday] is a good chance to pause, catch your breath as a player, get off your feet, physically get rested, get some treatment or rehabilitative work, focus on just meetings and take the physical load off of those guys. It’s incredibly important and we’ve got a few of those built into the schedule.

Elizondo is pleased thus far with how players conditioned themselves before coming to training camp. Injuries have been few and far between, which an added bonus

“It’s been good for the most part. There’s a couple guys that are starting to get some soft tissue injuries, which are expected but I’ve been really pleased with the way that our games came in shape into camp. You look at those guys and across the board there’s not guys that are sucking wind and dragging. I was really, really happy with it.”

The Elks open the 2021 regular season at home against the Ottawa Redblacks at 9:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 7.