QB Vernon Adams Jr. in, LB Ben Hladik out for B.C. Lions vs. Edmonton Elks

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The B.C. Lions will have quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. under centre when they host the Edmonton Elks on Thursday night. He was listed as questionable due to an abdominal injury that prevented him from practicing on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old native of Pasadena, Calif. has completed 66.3 percent of his passes for 1,038 yards, six touchdowns, and one interception through three games this season, leading the Lions to a 2-1 start. He has also rushed for 65 yards and one touchdown.

B.C. will also have Canadian receiver Jevon Cottoy back in the lineup after he missed last week’s win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers due to a hamstring injury. He will start at slotback as Ayden Eberhardt moves over to the spot vacated by former NFL receiver Travis Fulgham, who was released this past week.


Ben Hladik will miss this week’s game due to a thumb injury, which prevented him from practicing on Monday. He will be replaced at weak-side linebacker by Boseko Lokombo, who made one defensive tackle and one special teams tackle through the first three games of the season in a depth role.

The nine-year CFL veteran and former Most Outstanding Canadian has recorded 341 defensive tackles, 92 special teams tackles, 14 sacks, eight interceptions, three forced fumbles, and one touchdown over 122 career CFL regular season games.

The Lions have also made a change in the secondary, shifting Ciante Evans to field-side cornerback and starting rookie Ronald Kent Jr. at field-side halfback. The five-foot-nine, 176-pound cover man finished his collegiate career at Central Michigan University in 2022 where he recorded 56 total tackles, six tackles for loss, ten pass breakups, and one sack over 12 games.

The B.C. Lions (2-1) will host the Edmonton Elks (0-3) on Thursday, June 27 with kickoff slated for 10:00 p.m. EDT.