Matthew Shiltz pulled, recently acquired quarterback Trevor Harris takes over for Alouettes

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The Montreal Alouettes appear to have made a change at the quarterback position.

Down 13-3 to the Saskatchewan Roughriders, the Als have pulled starter Matthew Shiltz — himself playing in place of the injured Vernon Adams Jr. — and inserted recently acquired backup Trevor Harris.

Harris was traded to Montreal from Edmonton in exchange for defensive end Antonio Simmons just under two weeks ago. He was billed as a potential playoff insurance policy should the inexperienced Shiltz struggle down the stretch, but it appears that his time has come sooner than the Alouettes had hoped. His first play came on the last play of the third quarter in the first game he has dressed in for the team.

In six games this season, Harris has completed 135-of-192 (70 percent) of his passes for 1,568 yards with six touchdowns and five interceptions. He was benched by Edmonton in favour of rookie backup Taylor Cornelius, a shocking decision after a poor season to date for the Elks who are 2-7 last place in the West Division.

Before being pulled, Shiltz was 7-of-13 for 106 yards and an interception. Prior to their matchup with the Riders, the 28-year old had thrown for 760 yards, three touchdowns and two picks this season.