May 19, 2024

TRANSACTIONS | Elks release American Justin Rankin (RB)

Justin Rankin in Edmonton Elks rookie camp (2024).

EDMONTON — The Edmonton Elks have released American running back Justin Rankin and placed Canadian offensive lineman Patrick Lavoie on the suspended list, the club announced Sunday.

Rankin signed with the Elks in November of 2023. The native of Oberlin, Ohio, played the 2023 season for the Bay Area Panthers of the Indoor Football League.

Lavoie was the Elks seventh-round pick (63rd overall) in the 2024 CFL Draft. The six-foot-four lineman started seven games for the Carleton Ravens in 2023 and attended the U SPORTS East-West Bowl in Hamilton last season.

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.



  • Justin Rankin | AMER | RB | 5’10 | 215 LBS | 1997-06-22 | Oberlin, OH | Kent State


  • Patrick Lavoie | OL | NAT | 6’4 | 294 LBS | 1999-07-20 | Gatineau, QC | Carleton


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

2024 marks 75 seasons of Green and Gold football, as the Club celebrates it’s tradition of excellence (Grey Cup championships: 1954-56, 1975, 1978-82, 1987, 1993, 2003, 2005, 2015), while looking to the future. Edmonton kicks off the 2024 CFL season at home on Saturday, June 8.

Elks Football…Our Team. Our City.