January 15, 2024

TRANSACTIONS | Elks extend DB Loucheiz Purifoy; sign WR Charles Headen III

Loucheiz Purifoy with the Edmonton Elks (2023)

EDMONTON – Loucheiz Purifoy is staying in Green and Gold.

The seven-year veteran has signed a one-year contract extension, the club announced Monday.

Purifoy suited up in 15 games for the Double E in 2023, totalling 49 defensive tackles. The 31-year-old also ranked second on the team with three interceptions and led the team in defensive touchdowns with two interception returns for a touchdown. 

The Florida product has appeared in 116 regular season games, with the BC Lions (2016, 2017, 2022), Ottawa RedBlacks (2018), Saskatchewan Roughriders (2018, 2019, 2021), and Edmonton Elks (2023). He was named a CFL All-Star in 2022 and has 331 defensive tackles, eights sacks, 19 interceptions and six forced fumbles in his CFL career.

In addition, the Elks have signed American wide receiver Charles Headen III.

Headen III is coming off a standout 2023 season with the Frisco Fighters of the Indoor Football League (IFL), where he was named Special Teams Player of the Year, racking up 1,143 return yards (22.0-yard average) and a league high six kickoff return touchdowns in 15 games.

The five-foot-nine receiver briefly signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2022 and BC Lions in 2023.

Collegiately, the Philadelphia, Penn., native played four seasons (2016-19) of NCAA Division II football at Shippensburg University. In 34 games with the Raiders, he recorded 80 receptions for 909 yards and 14 touchdowns. He would transfer to Southern Methodist University for his senior season in 2021, suiting up in two games.

2024 marks the 75th season of pro football in Edmonton, as the Elks open a new CFL campaign on Saturday, June 8 against the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Commonwealth Stadium. Season tickets are available now, with all youth season tickets $75 (17 and under) and adult tickets starting at $175.




The Edmonton Elks are proud members of the Canadian Football League, playing their home games at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta.

The club, officially renamed the Elks in June of 2021, has a tradition of excellence having won 14 Grey Cup championships (1954-56, 1975, 1978-82, 1987, 1993, 2003, 2005, 2015). Since its founding, the club has been community-owned and remains focused on providing outstanding football memories for Edmonton and all of Northern Alberta.

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