Elks shuffle defensive depth for matchup with Alouettes

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The Edmonton Elks remain ravaged by injury on defence but will be getting a few lesser-known pieces back in the lineup.

Safety Marloshawn Franklin Jr. will be back in action this week after a five-game absence, bumping Louchiez Purifoy back to his natural strongside linebacker position. In six games this season, the former European League of Football standout has 17 defensive tackles.

Also re-entering the starting lineup is defensive tackle Sam Acheampong, who has been battling a groin injury. In 11 games this season, the Canadian big man has recorded 14 defensive tackles and a sack.

A pair of Canadian rookies will also return in depth roles following extended absences in defensive back Jake Taylor and defensive end Luke Burton-Krahn.

A number of Canadian role players will not be available this week. Linebacker Woodly Appolon (shoulder), defensive back Jeremie Dominique (ankle), and defensive tackle Cole Nelson (neck) have all been added to the one-game injured list. Versatile American defensive back/linebacker Mark McLaurin has been demoted to the practice roster.

Edmonton has made a switch at kick returner, sending rookie C.J. Sims to the practice squad after several pedestrian performances. Receiver Deontez Alexander will make his CFL debut in the role, while Kyran Moore is also expected to receive touches.

The Elks (4-12) will host the Montreal Alouettes (9-7) on Saturday, October 14 at 4:00 p.m. EDT. This is the first meeting between the two teams this season, with Edmonton already eliminated from playoff contention.

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