Elks’ QB Trevor Harris: ‘I feel great,’ hoping to start vs. Redblacks

Photo courtesy: Edmonton Elks

Edmonton Elks’ quarterback Trevor Harris spoke to the media on Saturday following his activation from the six-game injured list.

“The training staff here has done an outstanding job working on the soft tissue right in my neck,” said Harris. “It started feeling a lot better and one day I woke up and I was like, ‘Man, I feel like myself.’ It’s been refreshing.”

Harris spoke to Zach Collaros during Edmonton’s recent game against Winnipeg to try to gain some perspective on when he’d feel ready to return. What he found was it was like an epiphany — a moment of clarity when the answer became obvious.

“It’s almost like when you fall in love and find your wife: when you know, you know. It was kind of like that for me,” he said.

Harris indicated that there were parts of the Labour Day Classic rematch against Calgary on Sept. 11 that he couldn’t remember. He took a hit in the second quarter that caused the neck issue that held him out of Week 7 action.

“There was parts of the game where I didn’t remember,” said Harris. “For whatever reason after the game somebody brought something up and I was like, ‘Man, usually I can remember in great detail,’ but I feel great now. The past is the past and I’m just thankful that I’m back to feeling pretty darn good.”

It remains unclear whether or not Harris will start for the Elks when they visit the Ottawa Redblacks on Tuesday. He missed practice on Friday but was listed as a full participant on Edmonton’s injury report on Saturday and Sunday.

Head coach Jaime Elizondo indicated earlier this week that Taylor Cornelius would make a second consecutive start, though he walked that back on Saturday.

“It’s good to have [Harris] out here and throwing,” said Elizondo. “It looks to me like he looks pretty good but we’ll make a decision based on what’s best for the team and for him.”

“That’s their call,” said Harris. “The organization’s done a great job. They’re trying to protect me from me sometimes, but I sure hope to play and there’s no doubt about that. As a competitor, you always want to. They decide what’s best for the team and I’ve got their back no matter what they decide to do.”

Edmonton is 2-3 this season when Harris is under centre with the veteran having thrown six touchdowns to five interceptions. Cornelius, the CFL rookie who played for Elizondo in the XFL, threw three interceptions against Winnipeg in a 37-22 loss.

John Hodge is a CFL insider and draft analyst who has been covering the league since 2014.