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Ottawa Redblacks land quarterback Nick Arbuckle via trade

The 28-year-old has four seasons of CFL experience, and one Grey Cup victory.

Experienced quarterback Nick Arbuckle is heading to the nation's capital.

The Ottawa Redblacks have traded their fourth-round selection in the 2023 Canadian Football League (CFL) draft to the Edmonton Elks, in exchange for the California-native, the team announced on July 11. 

The trade gives the Redblacks some depth under centre after starting quarterback Jeremiah Masoli was injured in a 28-13 loss to Saskatchewan on Friday.

"We're pleased to be able to add Nick to our locker room at this point of the season," said Redblacks general manager Shawn Burke. "He's an experienced player in our league and we look forward to having him on our side as a member of the RNation family."

The 28-year-old has played in the CFL for four seasons starting with the Calgary Stampeders when he was drafted in 2017. He went on to become a Grey Cup champion with Calgary the next season, before spending time with the Toronto Argonauts and most recently, the Edmonton Elks.

Arbuckle briefly joined the Redblacks in 2020 via trade, but never got to play due to the season being cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The quarterback has appeared in 48 CFL games, completing 361 passes for 4,297 yards, and 19 touchdowns. 

Masoli, meanwhile, will need surgery to repair a bone-related leg injury, a team spokesman said. He's expected to miss 10 to 12 weeks.

With files from The Canadian Press

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