Brett Williams (left knee) DE Clemson 6-5 270 10/15/73
John Fisher DB Missouri Western 6-0 200 07/28/73
Semisi Heimuli OL Texas A&M 6-1 310 05/15/77
L.C. Stevens WR North Carolina 6-5 218 11/31/74
Bruce Walker DT UCLA 6-3 320 07/18/72
62 AND COUNTING
Now the tough part begins.
The Los Angeles Xtreme made its first cut Friday afternoon pairing
its original 70-man roster down to 62 by releasing John Fisher,
defensive back; Semisi Heimuli, offensive guard; LC Stevens, wide
receiver; and Bruce Walker, defensive tackle.
The Xtreme also waived defensive end Brett Williams from Clemson.
Williams tore the cartledge in his left knee while making a tackle
during a controlled scrimmage against the Las Vegas Outlaws last
Saturday at Sam Boyd Stadium.
Williams will fly back to Los Angeles today with plans to undergo
knee surgery early next week. Xtreme Head Trainer Ulysses Byas estimates
Williams recovery time will be four to six weeks.
The Xtreme’s roster stood at 67 players before today’s cuts.
All eight XFL teams must have their rosters paired to 62 by Sunday,
January 14. The next cut will be down to 54 players on Sunday, January
21. The Xtreme must have its final roster of 38 players (plus seven
on the practice squad) set by the end of training camp on Sunday,
The Xtreme open its inaugural season in three weeks on Sunday, February
4 against the San Francisco Demons.
Although Stevens was the leading receiver (48 receptions for 619
yards and six touchdowns) for Xtreme Head Coach AL Luginbill last
season with the Amsterdam Admirals in NFL Europe, he was caught
in the XFL on a team which currently has a logjam of talent at the
wide receiver position.
Heimuli, a four year starter at Texas A&M, was looking to make
his first active pro roster with the Xtreme.
Fisher, who was the stunt double for Jamie Foxx in Oliver Stone’s
football movie, “Any Given Sunday”, has spent four seasons in pro
football- two in the NFL and two in the Arena Football League.
A member of the Xtreme’s first class of territorial picks, Walker
is a former UCLA stand-out who is a veteran of six years in pro
football, including three seasons in the NFL (1994-96).
Walker last played for the Los Angeles Avengers in the Arena Football
League this past spring.
Although Williams has played well, the Xtreme were essentially forced
to let him go. If the Xtreme were to place Williams on the injured
reserve list, the team would be unable to activate him for the entire
By waiving Williams, the Xtreme could claim him as free agent if
he is available when he gets healthy.
Williams, who has spent two years in the NFL, has suffered this
same injury twice in his right knee but has never had a problem
with the left knee before in his career. Williams missed most of
the 1998 NFL season when he tore the cartiledge in his right knee
during the Atlanta Falcons training camp.
“I’ve just been pulling the short stick lately,” said Williams.
“Sometimes you’ve just go tot take the good with bad. I’ll go home
and get in shape. We’ll take it from there.”
BACK TO WORK
The Xtreme spent Friday morning going over film from Thursday’s
controlled scrimmage against the San Francisco Demons. While not
ready yet to have his team’s name engraved on the XFL Championship
Trophy, Head Coach AL Luginbill liked what he saw from his team
“I thought the defense ran to the ball real well,” said Luginbill.
“We also controlled the line scrimmage on the offensive side of
the ball. Of course, we never saw more than four guys up front pressuring
the football all day. We’ll see what happens when we have five or
six guys coming at us. That’s when the rubber hits the pavement.”
The Xtreme’s next scrimmage is Saturday, January 20 at Sam Boyd
Stadium against the Las Vegas Outlaws. The scrimmage will be closed
to the media and the public.
The Xtreme practiced for a two hours this afternoon from 11 a.m
to 1 p.m at Sam Boyd Stadium. The start time was well received by
most of the players, who have been rising around 5:30 a.m. to make
practice by 7 a.m. since camp began on January 3. One exception
was defensive end Ramondo Stallings.
“I still woke up at 4:45 a.m.” said Stallings. “I was wide awake.
I went back to sleep for a little bit but I guess I’d rather just
get up and go.”
Don’t worry Ramondo, things get back to normal this Saturday when
he Xtreme return to its regular practice schedule (7 a.m.-11a.m.).
However, the Xtreme will take this Sunday off, before flipping it
back into high gear on Monday.