Several players on the Edmonton Elks have tested positive for COVID-19.
The Canadian Football league has postponed Thursday’s game between the Toronto Argonauts and Edmonton Elks.
There is no word when the game will be rescheduled.
The CFL released a statement saying Elks players, coaches and support staff will now undergo an enhanced testing protocol which includes isolation. The team will not practice or travel until public health officials, as well as the league’s chief medical officers, have confirmed it is safe for them to do so.
The last game Edmonton played was against the B.C. Lions. The CFL says players on that team will also undergo enhanced monitoring protocols this week, though the league adds it does not believe the Lions were “exposed to high risk of infection.”
The CFL laid out rules prior to the start of the season just for these kinds of situations. The league said if a game was cancelled and could not be rescheduled due to COVID-19, then the team responsible for the cancellation would forfeit the game. As well, if 85 per cent of a team’s players under contract have been vaccinated, at least once, then players will be paid for the cancelled game. Otherwise, the entire team will not be paid.
The start of the 2021 CFL season was delayed by nearly two months and the schedule was reduced to 14 games because of the pandemic.
The league scrapped the 2000 season due to COVID-19.
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