Taylor Cornelius will not be under centre for the Edmonton Elks when the team plays its final game of the regular season this week against the B.C. Lions, the team announced on Monday.
The 27-year-old suffered an injury to his spleen during Edmonton’s 28-23 loss to the Toronto Argonauts on Saturday and was hospitalized hours after the game. The team indicated that he remains in the hospital for observation and though he’s expected to make a full recovery, he will not be healthy enough to play this week.
Cornelius has started the past 12 games for Edmonton, posting a 3-9 record as a starter. He will finish the season having completed 57.4 percent of his passes for 2,768 yards, 11 touchdowns, and nine interceptions along with 71 carries for 502 yards and seven touchdowns.
The six-foot-five, 232-pound passer signed a two-year contract extension in September that included a signing bonus worth over $100,000. His salary is partially guaranteed in the second year of the deal, which is a strong indication that the team’s brass views him as the team’s quarterback of the future.
The Elks were eliminated from postseason contention two weeks ago and currently sit at the bottom of the West Division standings at 4-13. They will host the B.C. Lions on Friday, Oct. 21 at 9:45 p.m. EDT ahead of a bye during the final week of the regular season.
Canadian quarterback Tre Ford, who started games in Week 4 and Week 5 prior to suffering a shoulder injury, is expected to start in place of Cornelius. He has completed 18-of-33 pass attempts for 219 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions this season along with 11 carries for 77 yards.