The Edmonton Elks’ roster will be almost entirely unchanged ahead of their Labour Day clash with the Calgary Stampeders, save for one body missing up front.
Left guard David Foucault (back) has been added to the one-game injured list. The 34-year-old has started all 11 games for the team this season.
The six-foot-seven, 323-pound blocker is in his second year with the Elks, having started all 18 games in 2022. The native of LaSalle, Que. signed with the Carolina Panthers in 2014 following his U Sports career at the Université de Montréal. He spent three years with the team before stints with the B.C. Lions (2017-2019) and Montreal Alouettes (2021).
Veteran Canadian Josiah St. John is expected to fill in at the left guard spot. The former first-overall pick of the Saskatchewan Roughriders is now in his seventh CFL season and has dressed for five games, starting four at right tackle. Rookie Phil Grohovac will be active as the sixth offensive lineman.
Remaining on the one-game injured list with Foucault are defensive end Elliott Brown (knee) and defensive back Loucheiz Purifoy (calf). Linebacker Woodly Appolon will be a healthy scratch.
Still on the six-game injured list for the Elks are linebackers Wesly Appolon, Luke Burton-Krahn, Enock Makonzo and Eli Mencer, defensive lineman J-Min Pelley and Daniel Ross, defensive back Aaron Grymes, and offensive lineman Samuel Thomassin.
The Elks (2-9) will visit the Stampeders (3-8) on Monday, September 4 at 7:00 p.m. EDT. It marks the first of two back-to-back meetings for the Alberta franchises, with the Stampeders having a narrow 29-26-1 all-time edge in Labour Day games.