March 22, 2001
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Orlando Rage quarterback Jeff Brohm saw
his 2001 XFL season officially come to a halt on Thursday
when the team announced the he would undergo surgery on
Brohm separated his right shoulder on Sunday during the
first play of the second quarter in a 30-6 loss to the Los
Angeles Xtreme. Preliminary on-field diagnosis was a grade
two separation that would sideline him two to four weeks.
But a Tuesday MRI disclosed that Brohm suffered grade three
acromio-clavicular separation -- a tear of the ligament
that holds the collarbone to the scapula. Rage team physician
Dr. Tom Winters referred Brohm to Dr. Lemak at the HEALTHSOUTH
facility in Birmingham, Alabama for a second opinion. Dr.
Lemak confirmed the diagnosis and will perform the surgery
Heading into last week’s game, Brohm was the top-rated passer
in the XFL with a 103 rating and had led the Rage to six
consecutive wins to open the season. He finishes the year
with 69 completions in 199 attempts (58.3%) for 993 yards,
nine touchdowns and just three interceptions.
“It obviously hurts any team to lose its starting quarterback,”
Rage Head Coach Galen Hall said. “Jeff was our team leader
on offense and played a big role in our 6-0 start. But injuries
are an unfortunate part of the game that you can’t control.
We will regroup and get ready to play with Brian Kuklick
as our starter.”
Kuklick saw significant playing time in two games this season.
When Brohm suffered a mild concussion against Memphis on
March 4, Kuklick played well in the final three quarters
in leading the Rage to a 21-19 win. He completed 17 of 24
passes for 229 yards and ran for a touchdown in the loss
to Los Angeles, but he also threw three interceptions.
“Brian has played well this year,” Hall added. “He’ll make
some mistakes, but he’s going to make some plays too. We
have all the confidence in the world that we can win with
Brian at the helm.”
Orlando, 6-1, can clinch the Eastern Division title with
a win this week over the New York / New Jersey Hitmen. Game
time is 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Florida Citrus Bowl. Tickets
are priced from $17 to $35 and are available at all TICKETMASTER
outlets, the Orlando Rage Box Office (450 S. Orange Ave.),
and at the stadium on game day. The game will be broadcast
nationally on TNN.
RAGE NOTEBOOK: On Thursday the team announced the release
of former NFL linebacker Joe Cummings, who played in two
games this season...after a rough practice on Wednesday,
kicker Jay Taylor converted on five of six field goal attempts
ranging from 25 to 47 yards under windy conditions on Thursday...the
Orlando Rage sponsored "Rage on the 50" on Wednesday
night, a private party for season ticket holders...More
than 1,000 people attended the event at the Citrus Bowl,
where they got to meet and greet Rage players and cheerleaders...fans
participated in on-field games and activities, received
autographed team and cheerleader photos, were provided tours
of the locker room, and had a chance to speak to Rage staff
members about a variety of season ticket issues...food,
drink and souvenirs were also available..."We received
a lot of positive and valuable feedback from our fans,"
General Manager Tom Veit said. "For a chilly night,
the turnout was outstanding and certainly demonstrated the
passion of Rage fans."