Edmonton-Toronto game to be postponed after five Elks players test positive for COVID-19

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Thursday’s game between the Edmonton Elks and Toronto Argonauts is being postponed after five members of the Elks tested positive for COVID-19, according to TSN’s Farhan Lalji.

#Elks vs #Argos game on Thurs IS being postponed. 5 #Elks players have tested positive & there are concerns that more positive tests could be forthcoming as the week progresses. The team had no positive tests the morning of the game on Thurs.

The CFL has introduced a policy that will apply to any game cancellations caused by COVID-19 issues.

If a game cannot be rescheduled, the club suffering from the COVID-19 issues will forfeit the game and be assigned a loss, while its opponent will be credited with a win by a score of 1-0. If both clubs are suffering from the COVID-19 issues, then both clubs will forfeit the game and be assigned a loss.

In both of those circumstances, if a team can prove that 85 percent of its players under contract have been vaccinated, at least once and preferably fully, its players will receive their salary for the cancelled game. If the team falls below that 85 percent threshold, the entire team will not receive its salary.

Edmonton defensive end Kwaku Boateng was ruled out of action in Week 3 after entering COVID-19 protocol on Wednesday.

Any individual that tests positive is prevented from joining or is removed from team activities, and is isolated or quarantined, in accordance with the CFL’s return to play health and safety protocol, Public Health Agency of Canada protocol and local public health protocol.

The CFL initially reported that ten individuals had tested positive for COVID-19 during the league’s pre-training camp screening process. It was later determined that three were false positives, bringing the total down to seven. There were zero positive tests through the first two weeks of training camp.

Two players on the Elks recently tested positive for COVID-19, including offensive tackle SirVincent Rogers. There was no evidence of further spread on the team, which allowed the schedule to continue as normal.

The Argos defeated the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in their home-opener at BMO Field on Saturday and are slated to host the Elks on Thursday evening.