Alouettes’ QB Vernon Adams Jr. will not play vs. Riders after testing positive for COVID-19

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Montreal Alouettes’ quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. will not play against the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Thursday after testing positive for COVID-19, according to TSN’s Farhan Lalji.

The 29-year-old did not practice on Monday or Tuesday due to illness according to Montreal’s injury report. Herb Zurkowsky of the Montreal Gazette was the first to report that Adams had contracted COVID-19.

Adams started Montreal’s first two games of the season but was benched in the second quarter of last week’s loss to the Toronto Argonauts. He has completed 55.6 percent of his passes for 264 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions this season along with seven carries for 33 yards and a score.

It remains unclear if Adams would have started this week after Trevor Harris threw for 270 yards and an interception in two-and-a-half quarters of work against the Argos. With Adams out, it seems like a foregone conclusion that Harris will start against the Riders. Montreal’s other quarterbacks include veteran Dominique Davis and Portland State product Davis Alexander.

Harris appeared on the All Ball Podcast this weekend and reiterated that he and Adams have a “tremendous relationship.” He also indicated that he believes Montreal will need both veteran passers over the course of the season in order to achieve the most possible success.

The Riders are set to visit Percival Molson Stadium on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. ET in what will be Montreal’s home-opener. Saskatchewan currently sits atop the West Division standings after defeating the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Edmonton Elks over the first two weeks of the regular season.