December 11, 2013 Sections
Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
SURREY, B.C. -- It's a good thing Joey Elliott never left town when the B.C. Lions released him earlier this month.
Elliott did not have to travel far Wednesday as the Lions welcomed him back to help deal with starting quarterback Travis Lulay's shoulder injury.
"Why not be in a beautiful place, right?" said Elliott, a 27-year-old Franklin, Ind., native. "I had shipped some stuff home, like my shoulder pads and some extra cleats, and I had actually packed some things up. So it was going to take a little while before I could actually get out of here."
Elliott was added to the Lions' roster in preparation for Sunday's game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Regina. His return followed Tuesday's announcement that Lulay will miss the next two games after getting hurt last weekend in a win over Montreal.
Elliott is the second former quarterback to return to the Lions recently, following Buck Pierce's arrival via trade from Winnipeg last week.
As a result, Elliott's coaching career is on hold. He had tentative plans to mentor a high school team in Indiana, but continued to live in his Burnaby, B.C., apartment while waiting for a chance to resum© his CFL career.
Elliott reasoned that it would be easier to travel if the call came, and he did not want to have to "jump ship" on high school players.
"It would be a lot harder on those kids than it is on me," said Elliott. "I've been in the situation before."
The Lions released Elliott before acquiring Pierce. Prior to his release, Elliott served as B.C.'s third-string quarterback, but did not see any action.
He is slated to retain his No. 3 position behind Pierce and second-year pro Thomas DeMarco, the anticipated starter Sunday. But Elliott will sport No. 12 on his jersey after Pierce took his former No. 11.
-- The Canadian Press
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 19, 2013 D4