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XFL Birmingham Bolts Press Release 31
Press Release 31
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Mitchell and Knott Finished for Season
March 27, 2001

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.  - The Birmingham Bolts got a dose of bad news from the medical report Tuesday when team medical officials confirmed that after further testing, quarterback Jay Barker would be held out of Saturdays game against the Orlando Rage.

Barker sustained a concussion and a cervical strain after taking a hit from Chicago defensive back Ray Austin in the second quarter. Preliminary reports were favorable after the game and Monday, but upon further examination Tuesday Bolts medical personnel decided against allowing Barker to play and will re-evaluate him for next week.

Coach Gerry DiNardo said Graham Leigh will start against Orlando (7-1) and Mark Washington will move into the second quarterback spot. DiNardo said Barker will be listed on the practice squad this week and will hopefully return to the starters role for the regular-season finale against New York/New Jersey April 8.

Bolts athletic trainer Dave Gable also said that safety David Knott and defensive tackle Johnny Mitchell have been lost for the season due to injuries sustained in last weeks game at Chicago. Knott suffered a left tibia plateau fracture and Mitchell a medial collateral ligament tear and a partial anterior cruciate ligament tear in his left knee.

Defensive end Quinton Reese suffered a right hamstring pull on the first play of the game at Chicago and is considered doubtful.

The injuries to Knott and Mitchell, coupled with linebacker Joe Cummings refusal to report after being claimed late last week, leaves the Bolts three players under the 38-man limit heading into Tuesdays practice.

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