Edmonton Elks OL SirVincent Rogers tests positive for COVID-19

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Edmonton Elks offensive lineman SirVincent Rogers has tested positive for COVID-19, per sources.

Linebacker Brian Walker entered protocol and was placed on the one-game injured list before the Elks season opener after a confirmed case. Rogers was the other player to contract the virus on Thursday, but he was not on the active roster to begin the 2021 season.

After rosters were finalized following training camp, Rogers was placed on the six-game injured list with a chest issue. Since the 35-year-old was notified of his positive result, the team did additional rounds of testing to rule out other potential cases.

Last Friday the team cancelled its walkthrough and media availability due to coronavirus protocols. There was no concern from the Elks that their season opener would be cancelled and it went ahead as planned, Edmonton lost 16-12 to Ottawa in Week 1.

Rogers was originally signed by the EE Football Team in 2019 but he has yet to make his first appearance for the team after sustaining a season-ending torn tricep injury in training camp that year. He inked a contract extension through the 2021 season in February.

In his CFL career, Rogers has started 87 games primarily at left tackle for both the Redblacks and Toronto Argonauts. He’s been named an East all-star three times (2015, 2016, 2018), a CFL all-star twice (2015 and 2018), and the league’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 2015.

The 35-year-old hasn’t dressed for a professional football game since the 2018 Grey Cup and his absence from the field has extended beyond two-and-a-half years.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.