January 21, 2004 - Arena Football League (1987-2008) (AFL I) - Detroit Fury
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - The Detroit Fury of the Arena Football League (AFL) announced that rookie Khori Ivy (WR/LB) was placed on the injured reserve list, after suffering a season-ending ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tear in his right knee during Saturday's practice. The Fury have signed former Detroit Lions' running back Raphael Cooper to the roster as an OS/WR/LB.
Ivy, a 6'4" receiver from West Virginia, came to the Fury after spending the last two years with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ivy was brought in to add size and speed to the Fury's receiving corps in 2004, but during a practice on Saturday morning, Ivy suffered a complete tear of his ACL in his right knee that will sideline him for the entire AFL season.
"Obviously, it is very disappointing to have this kind of injury this early in camp," said Fury Head Coach Tom Luginbill. "Ivy had worked very hard in his preparation prior to training camp, and I know our entire roster really feels for him. I have the utmost confidence that Ivy will work extremely hard throughout his rehab and come back even stronger for the 2005 season."
With the loss, the Fury have now lost three big, physical receivers: Carl Morris (NFL), Brian Robinson (NFL) and Khori Ivy (Injury).
Cooper comes to the Fury after spending the 2003 NFL season with the Detroit Lions as a running back. Prior to joining the Lions, Cooper played for the Memphis Maniax of the XFL and the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe. A native of Detroit (Chadsey High School), Cooper will make his AFL debut with the Fury.
The Fury return for their fourth season of Arena Football League action at The Palace of Auburn Hills on February 5, 2004. Season tickets for the Fury can be purchased by calling (248) 377-0100, and additional information can be found at www.detroitfury.com.