Edmonton Elks’ Canadian QB Tre Ford leaves Battle of Alberta with apparent shoulder injury

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Rookie Canadian sensation Tre Ford has left the Battle of Alberta with an apparent injury to his throwing shoulder.

The Elks dynamic dual-threat quarterback absorbed a blow to the back of his right shoulder on a designed run during his team’s second series and was seen in clear discomfort on the sidelines. Ford was taken to the dressing room for evaluation and was ruled out for the remainder of the game.

Ford was two-of-three passing for 52 yards to begin the game, having connected on a highlight-reel 46-yard pass just prior to the injury. He was replaced by American Nick Arbuckle, who lost his starting job to Ford in Week 4.

The reigning Hec Crighton Trophy winner as the top player in Canadian university football, the Elks took Ford with the eighth overall pick in the 2022 CFL Draft — making him the first quarterback selected in the first round since 1980.

The Waterloo product made his first career start last week against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, becoming the first Canadian university quarterback to win a regular-season game since 1985. Ford was 15-of-26 for 159 yards passing, a touchdown and an interception in that game while adding six carries for 61 yards.

Arbuckle was 61-of-95 passing for 795 yards, two touchdowns and six interceptions in three straight losses to begin the 2022 season.