Edmonton Elks release QB Kai Locksley

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The Edmonton Elks have released quarterback Kai Locksley.

The six-foot-four, 210-pound passer completed five-of-eight pass attempts for 50 yards and ran the ball 55 times for 122 yards and seven touchdowns over two seasons with the Elks. The versatile athlete played mostly receiver as a rookie in 2022, starting 12 games and making 17 receptions for 247 yards.

The 26-year-old originally committed to the University of Texas where he was converted to receiver. He returned to the quarterback position following a transfer to the The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and threw for 2,266 yards, nine touchdowns, and 14 interceptions while rushing for 875 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Locksley’s lone NFL stint came with the Miami Dolphins in 2021, where he came close to making the final roster as a receiver.

Lalji also reported that Canadian quarterback Tre Ford will be added back to the roster this week when the Elks visit the Ottawa Redblacks. Ford was moved to the one-game injured list as a healthy scratch this past week.

Taylor Cornelius has started all three games at quarterback for Edmonton this season, though he has generally struggled to move the football. He has completed 40-of-65 pass attempts for 440 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions and was pulled during Sunday’s loss to the Toronto Argonauts.

Locksley took over the controls for one play but lost a fumble, which was recovered by Toronto defensive back Robertson Daniel. The Elks then moved on to rookie Jarret Doege, who threw for 163 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in a little over one quarter of work at the controls.

The Elks (0-3) will visit the Ottawa Redblacks (0-2) on Friday, June 30 with kickoff slated for 7:30 p.m. EDT. Second-year quarterback Tyrie Adams will make his first career start with Jeremiah Masoli still out due to a leg injury he suffered last summer.