The Edmonton Elks will be without exciting young quarterback Tre Ford for at least a couple of weeks after he left the team’s blowout loss to the Calgary Stampeders with an injured collar bone.
According to a report from TSN’s Farhan Lalji: “Tre Ford is expected to miss at least a couple of weeks with a collarbone injury. No decision made yet on whether to add him to the 6-game [injured] list, but it appears headed that way. Kai Locksley is fine and could be an option at QB for Elks in next game on [Thursday].”
The rookie Canadian starter 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.
Arbuckle was 13-of-20 for 97 yards and two interceptions in relief, as the Elks lost 49-6. He was pulled late in the third quarter for third-stringer Kai Locksley, who started the game at receiver. Locksley finished the game five-for-seven passing for 50 yards, scrambled three times for 26 more and also led the team in receiving with two catches for 61 yards. He exited late in the fourth quarter with an injury of his own, but that does not appear to be serious.
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 in Week 4 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.
The promising young prospect will now have to watch from the sideline as he recovers, while the Elks sort out a messy quarterback situation.