Edmonton Elks place REC Emmanuel Arceneaux on six-game injured list ahead of clash with Argos

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The Edmonton Elks will be without Emmanuel Arcenaux when they take on the Toronto Argonauts on Sunday, after the team placed the veteran receiver on the six-game injured list.

The 35-year-old missed practice all week with a knee injury suffered against the B.C. Lions and is expected to be out long-term. He has posted four catches for 35 yards through two games this season, building off a comeback 2022 campaign that saw him log 39 receptions for 512 yards and a touchdown. Prior to that, he had not played a CFL down since 2019.

In 154 career games with the B.C. Lions, Saskatchewan Roughriders, and Elks, Arceneaux has made 621 receptions for 8,966 yards and 59 touchdowns. The two-time CFL All-Star and three-time West All-Star is currently the career leader amongst active players in all three categories.

He will be replaced in the starting lineup by returner Kyran Moore, while newcomer C.J. Sims has been activated to handle return duties.

Also added to the six-game injured list earlier in the week was veteran defensive back Ed Gainey (chest). He’ll be replaced at cornerback by rookie Marcus Lewis, who rejoined the team on Monday after being released following training camp. Versatile linebacker/safety Mark McLaurin has been moved to the practice roster, while defensive end Tobi Antigha draws into the lineup.

While Edmonton is sticking with embattled starting quarterback Taylor Cornelius for another week, the team has made a change under centre. Canadian third-stringer Tre Ford, who made three starts last year after being drafted in the first round of the 2022 CFL Draft, will be a healthy scratch, and American rookie Jarrett Doege will make his debut holding a clipboard.

The Elks (0-2) are scheduled to host the Toronto Argonauts (1-0) on Sunday, June 25 with kickoff at 7:00 p.m. EDT. They are attempting to break a pro football record 18-game home losing streak, but are currently point underdogs.

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