TRANSACTIONS | Elks release Cole Nelson (DL) and Wesly Appolon (LB)

Nelson was a member of the Elks 2021 CFL Draft Class

Cole Nelson (55) with the Edmonton Elks (2023) \ Edmonton Elks
Cole Nelson (55) with the Edmonton Elks (2023) \ Edmonton Elks

EDMONTON — The Edmonton Elks have released Canadians Cole Nelson (DL) and Wesly Appolon (LB), the club announced Sunday.

Nelson was the Elks first-round pick (fifth overall) in the 2021 CFL Draft. The University of Alberta product played in 20 games with the Green and Gold over his three CFL seasons, recording 13 defensive tackles.

Appolon was drafted by the Elks in the fifth-round (39th overall) of the 2022 CFL Draft. The Montreal, Quebec native appeared in one game in his rookie season before suffering an injury that would sideline him for the majority of the 2022 season and the entire 2023 season.

The Elks also announced that Americans Kyle Cass (DB), Sewo Olonilua (RB), and James Wiggins Jr. (DB) have been moved to the suspended list.

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.



  • Wesly Appolon | NAT| LB | 6’4 | 225 LBS | Montreal, QC | Tuskegee
  • Cole Nelson | NAT| DL | 6'6 | 312 LBS | 1997-03-12 | Ponoka, AB | Alberta


  • Kyle Cass | AMER | DB | 6'2 | 195 LBS | 1999-04-18 | New Orleans, LA | Valdosta State
  • Sewo Olonilua​ | AMER | RB | 6'3 | 240 LBS | 1997-11-27 | Kingwood, TX | TCU
  • James Wiggins | AMER | DB | 6'0 | 205 LBS | 1997-04-26 | Miami, FL ​ | Cincinnati


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.

Hernan Salas

Hernan Salas

Coordinator, Communications (Media Relations), Edmonton Elks Football Club

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About The Edmonton Elks Football Club

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

The club has a tradition of excellence with 14 Grey Cup championships (1954-56, 1975, 1978-82, 1987, 1993, 2003, 2005, 2015) and 52 members of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. 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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