XFL Orlando Rage Press Release 19


Press Release 19
March 7, 2001
Dan Pearson

After taking what has been described as the “hit of the year” against Memphis on Sunday night, Orlando Rage quarterback Jeff Brohm could return to the starting line-up as early as this week.

Brohm, who led the Rage to four consecutive victories, was knocked out of the Memphis game late in the first quarter when he was drilled by Shante Carver on wicked, but clean, hit as he was throwing a touchdown pass to Mario Bailey.

He remained motionless on the turf for nearly 10 minutes, before being carted off the field. When X-rays at the Liberty Bowl Stadium medical facility were inconclusive, he was sent to a local hospital for additional testing.

On Monday, he underwent further testing in Orlando. But on Tuesday, Brohm was in uniform and took the majority of snaps during practice.

“Every single test has been negative,” trainer Bruce Kalish said.

Orlando Rage Head Coach Galen Hall remained cautious. “The tests were all negative and the team doctors cleared him to practice and he wants to play,” Hall said. “We’ll see how he does in practice this week and if Jeff does well he’ll probably start.”

Hall also praised the efforts of Brian Kuklick. “We also have an awful lot of confidence in Brian and his abilities. He stepped in during a tough situation last week and led us to a win. I feel real good about our situation at quarterback.”

Although he is coaching the XFL’s only unbeaten team, Hall believes this week’s game against the Las Vegas Outlaws (3-2) will be Orlando’s toughest test to date. “They have a great defense that allows less than eight points a game,” Hall said. “They may be the best team in the West, so this game will be a good barometer of where we are.”

Hall added that Orlando was not planning anything special for the Outlaws. “We’re simple going to try to do the things we do well. Run the ball, control the clock and put ourselves in position to win at the end of the game.”



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