The Edmonton Elks aim to stay perfect on the road and keep the Ottawa Redblacks winless at home on Tuesday when they meet in Canada’s capital.
The Elks (2-4) recorded back-to-back road wins on August 19 and September 6 before losing back-to-back decisions to fall to 0-4 at home.
The Redblacks (1-5) have lost five straight games – including all three at home – after their 16-12 season opener in Edmonton on August 7.
The Elks have been inactive since losing a 37-22 decision to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on September 18.
Taylor Cornelius threw three interceptions in his first CFL start as he played in place of Trevor Harris, who could return to face the Redblacks after being added to the active roster on Saturday. Harris, 35, threw for 1,481 yards with six touchdowns and five interceptions before being sidelined with a neck injury.
Edmonton coach Jaime Elizondo did not show his hand when asked the identity of his starting quarterback against Ottawa.
âWe’ll see. It’s good to have (Harris) here and shoot,â Elizondo said. “… It seems to me that he was feeling pretty good. We will make a decision on what is best for the team and for him.”
Ottawa faces quarterback uncertainty after Matt Nichols (shoulder / neck) and Dominique Davis (hamstrings) suffered injuries in a 24-7 loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Wednesday .
Caleb Evans, 23, or Taryn Christion, 24, are options to start on Tuesday, but Redblacks head coach Paul LaPolice also didn’t show his cards.
âLooking at Taryn he’s been very professional in everything he does, understanding what we’re trying to do schematically and what we’re trying to accomplish,â LaPolice said, according to the Ottawa Sun. âHe did a good job processing the readings, seeing where the ball should go and putting the ball on the money for the guys.
“Caleb is very similar, he’s a little younger – he’s just graduated from college. His arm is as strong as any we’ve got and he’s been very precise.”
The Redblacks are averaging 11.8 points per game, the worst in the CFL, and the second-worst total of 271.0 yards per game.
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