XFL San Francisco Demons Press Release 18

Press Release 18
Injuries take several key starters out of lineup against Birmingham  

March 1, 2001

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - The luck factor Coach Jim Skipper believes separates teams during the course of a football season has turned again the San Francisco Demons.

The Demons' head coach said three members of San Francisco's starting lineup would not be at its disposal Saturday when the Demons' continue the XFL season against Birmingham at 5:00 p.m. at Pacific Bell Park.

Receiver James Hundon, tight end Rich O'Donnell and middle linebacker Dave Thomas have been ruled out of the contest with injuries, two of which occurred this week in practice sessions.

Hundon suffered a concussion in last Sunday's loss to Las Vegas after leading San Francisco in receiving for the second straight week. Hundon had six catches for 70 yards against the Outlaws.

O'Donnell and Thomas were injured in practice this week. O'Donnell sustained torn cartilage in his left knee and was placed on the injured reserve list Wednesday. He will not be eligible to play again for four weeks.

Thomas suffered a badly sprained left ankle in Wednesday's practice and won't play against Birmingham and his status for the following week against New York-New Jersey also is in question. Neither O'Donnell nor Thomas will require any kind of surgery.

Taking O'Donnell's place on the 45-man roster is tailback Kelvin Anderson, who played the last five seasons with Calgary of the Canadian Football League. He will join the team Thursday and take part in his first practice no later than Friday, likely assuming a place on the Demons' practice squad this week.

Those injuries come on the heels of the loss of Demons' quarterback Mike Pawlawski, who could be out for as long as three weeks after suffering a neck injury during Sunday's 16-9 setback.

"Injuries are a part of football and it's the teams that have good luck in that area that have the best chance to win," Skipper said. "Right now, we aren't having that kind of good fortune."

The San Francisco-Birmingham game can be heard on radio on CNET (910 AM) this week because of the Demons' time conflict with the University of California basketball game at Southern California Saturday.

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