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April 4, 2006 - Arena Football League (1987-2008) (AFL I) - Columbus Destroyers News Release

Columbus Destroyers (5-5) vs.
Orlando Predators (6-4)
Date: Sunday, Apr. 9, 2006
Kickoff: 3 p.m. (ET)
Site: Huntington Field at Nationwide Arena (17,171)
Officials: Bill Athan (Referee), Matt Jordan (Umpire), Tim Podraza (Head Linesman), Tom Symonette (Line Judge), Greg Wilson (Back Judge)
Radio: Columbus' flagship station WAZU-107.1 FM "The Big Wazoo" will broadcast the game live with Marty Bannister (play-by-play), Rob Blackman (color) and Archie (sideline) will have the call.
Television: OLN will broadcast the game tape-delayed on Sunday, Apr. 9 at 6 p.m. Ari Wolfe (play-by-play), Charles Davis, (color) and Matt Stewart will have the call.
Series Record: The Destroyers and Predators have met five times in history and four times during the regular season. The Predators hold a 4-1 edge overall and a 3-1 edge during the regular season.
Series Streaks: The teams have not met since the 2004 season. The Predators won the first four meetings between the teams, but Columbus won the last meeting 55-46 on Apr. 4, 2004.
Coaches: Columbus, Doug Kay, first season in Columbus, fourth overall (5-5, 21-34 overall).
Orlando, Jay Gruden, seventh season (6-4, 70-41 overall).

OVERVIEW: The thick of the season is now here. With only five games remaining in the season, the Columbus Destroyers and Orlando Predators are both in a highly competitive battle for a playoff spot. Each and every win is huge, especially in the National Conference.

With both of these National Conference teams separated by a game and Orlando tied with three other teams for the final four spots in the playoff picture, the Destroyers, one game back of all four teams, would love to re-gain some ground and move back into the playoff picture.

Orlando enters the game riding a two-game winning streak, while Columbus enters the game coming off a loss to the AFL-leading Dallas Desperados. The Destroyers, however, have won four of their past six games.

It also is a nice return home for the Destroyers, who have played their past two games on the road.
Date Opponent Time Result Record
1/29 GRAND RAPIDS 3:00 W, 57-28 1-0
2/3 at Nashville 8:00 L, 27-53 1-1
2/11 DALLAS 7:00 L, 38-52 1-2
2/19 at Kansas City 2:00 L, 24-45 1-3
2/24 ARIZONA 7:00 W, 42-26 2-3
3/3 at New York 7:30 W, 65-54 3-3
3/10 GEORGIA 7:00 L, 50-68 3-4
3/18 PHILADELPHIA 7:00 W, 53-20 4-4
3/25 at Colorado 9:00 W, 65-21 5-4
4/1 at Dallas 7:30 L, 30-51 5-5
4/9 ORLANDO 3:00 - -
4/14 NEW YORK 7:00 - -
4/21 at Philadelphia 7:00 - -
4/29 at Austin 8:00 - -
5/6 TAMPA BAY 7:00 - -
5/13 at San Jose 10:30 - -
*All Times Eastern

Date Opponent Time Result Record
1/28 at Georgia 7:00 L, 31-48 0-1
2/3 KANSAS CITY 7:30 W, 48-41 1-1
2/11 PHILADELPHIA 7:30 W, 47-33 2-1
2/19 at Tampa Bay 3:00 W, 67-64 3-1
2/26 at New York 12:00 L, 35-55 3-2
3/5 LOS ANGELES 12:00 W, 59-34 4-2
3/10 at Arizona 9:00 L, 57-60 4-3
3/19 DALLAS 12:00 L, 62-87 4-4
3/25 at Austin 8:00 W, 47-37 5-4
4/2 CHICAGO 12:00 W, 55-27 6-4
4/9 at Columbus 3:00 - -
4/14 GEORGIA 7:30 - -
4/22 TAMPA BAY 7:30 - -
4/28 at Colorado 9:00 - -
5/6 at Kansas City 8:00 - -
5/12 AUSTIN 7:30 - -
*All Times Eastern


- Give the Destroyers a 6-5 record on the season
- Tie the franchise record (6) for wins in a season
- Give the Destroyers their fifth win in their past seven games
- Give the Destroyers a 2-4 record overall against the Predators
- Give the Destroyers their fourth home victory of the season

Columbus Destroyers 30
Dallas Desperados 51
DALLAS - In a battle of the Arena Football League's two best teams in forcing turnovers, the Dallas Desperados got the best of the Columbus Destroyers. The Destroyers were intercepted three times and were unable to overcome a 31-13 halftime deficit and fell 51-30 to the Desperados in front of 12,821 fans at American Airlines Center on Saturday night.

Destroyers' defensive specialist Brandon Hefflin had another double digit output in tackles with 11 (10UT-2AT) on the night. He also broke up a game-high five passes. Offensively, wide receiver/linebacker David Saunders had five receptions for 60 yards and a touchdown to lead the receiving corps.

The Destroyers (5-5) took the opening kickoff and marched down the field and took a 3-0 lead when kicker Mark Lewis drilled a 25-yard field goal, and after a Desperados touchdown, he would add a 27-yarder, and the Destroyers trailed 14-6 with 12 minutes, 26 seconds left in the first half.

Wide receiver/linebacker Thabiti Davis made a highlight reel style catch to set Columbus up at the Desperados 5-yard line. Three plays later, fullback/linebacker Leroy Thompson scored from one-yard out to make it 21-13.

After wide receiver/defensive back Will Pettis picked off a Kaleo pass, Dallas kicker Carlos Martinez made a 29-yard field goal as time expired to give the Desperados a 31-13 lead at the half.

The Destroyers got their first stop of the game on the first Desperados drive of the second half when they did not allow Dallas to convert on a fourth-and-four attempt from the Columbus 22-yard line. The next play, offensive specialist Carl Bond made a highlight reel catch off the wall in the end zone to bring the Destroyers within 11 at 31-20.

Dolezel hooked up with Shaw for a 43-yard score to give Dallas a 51-30 lead with 4:16 left in the game. A late interception by defensive specialist Bobby Perry sealed the win for the Desperados.
The Orlando Predators have been around the Arena Football League for quite some time. The team began play during the 1991 season and has been highly competitive since Day 1.

The Predators have been to six ArenaBowl championships and have taken home the James F. Foster trophy twice. The first championship came in 1998 and then Orlando claimed its second title in 2000. The team continued its streak of 14 winning seasons and 14 trips to the playoffs this past season after finishing the 2005 campaign with a 10-6 record. They fell to the Georgia Force in the National Conference championship.

So far this season, the Predators are on the same pace, winning six of their first 10 games and would currently make the playoffs as the National Conference's sixth seed.

The team is under the direction of legendary AFL head coach Jay Gruden, who is in his seventh season at the helm. He has posted a 70-41 record in his career and was a former player in the League as well.


COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Columbus Destroyers earned their second win of the 2004 season and second in Columbus history when they beat the Orlando Predators 55-46 in front of 16,020 fans at Nationwide Arena on Sunday, Apr. 4.

It was a nip and tuck battle with the teams tied 7-7 after the first quarter of play. Quarterback Ryan Vena found Wilmont Perry from 18 yards out for the Destroyers first score.

The second quarter was much of the same, only more scoring. Kicker Steve Videtich connected on field goals of 21 and 32 yards to give the Destroyers a 13-7 edge, but Orlando answered right back to push it to 14-13. Columbus took a 27-21 lead with 56 seconds left in the first half, but Orlando answered again to tie it at 27-27. The extra point was blocked and the teams entered the half tied up.

The Destroyers took control in the third quarter, scoring the first two touchdowns of the second half. The first, Sedrick Robinson recovered a fumble in the end zone and then Vena found Cornelius White on a 45-yard touchdown to give the Destroyers a 41-27 lead.

Orlando closed to within 48-46 with 2:04 left in the game, but Vena scored on a 4-yard run with 0:34 to go to give the Destroyers a 55-46 lead. Vena passed for four touchdowns on the day, while rushing for another.

Date Score
July 30, 1999 at Orlando 48, Buffalo 40
July 13, 2001 at Orlando 48, Buffalo 40
July 26, 2002 at Orlando 32, Buffalo 27*
Apr. 11, 2003 at Orlando 66, Buffalo 23
Apr. 4, 2004 at Columbus 55, Orlando 46
* -- Indicates playoff game

The Columbus Destroyers were unable to overcome three interceptions and did not force a turnover for only the second time this season and fell 51-30 to the Dallas Desperados in front of 12,821 fans at American Airlines Center on Saturday night. It was only the Destroyers' second loss in their past six games. The Destroyers trailed 7-6 after the first quarter, but fell behind 31-13 at the half. The Destroyers closed to within 47-37 at the 14:31 mark of the fourth quarter, but that was as close as they would get. Defensive specialist Brandon Hefflin led the defensive attack with another double-digit performance in tackles.

The Destroyers will close out this two-game home stand on Friday, Apr. 14, against New York. It will mark the second meeting of the season between the teams. The Destroyers rallied from a 31-17 halftime deficit to win 65-53 in front of 10,173 fans at Nassau Coliseum on Mar. 3. The Destroyers have faced the Dragons more so than any other team, 13 times to be exact. The Dragons hold an 8-5 edge in the all-time series.

DOUG KAY: The Destroyers hired Doug Kay as head coach on July 14, 2005. Kay is in his first season in Columbus and brings 12 years of Arena Football coaching experience. In 10 of his 12 seasons, Kay's teams have qualified for the playoffs, including two ArenaBowl championships. Kay also has coached the Charlotte Rage (1995) and the Carolina Cobras (2000-01). Through nine games of the 2006 season, Kay has guided the Destroyers to a 5-5 record and has the team tied for third in the Eastern Division race.

JAY GRUDEN: Orlando head coach Jay Gruden may know a thing or two about winning a ring. After winning seven as a player and coach, Gruden has a knack for winning championships. Gruden won four rings as a player in the Arena Football League, all with the Tampa Bay Storm in the 1991, 1993, 1995 and 1996 seasons. He followed that tradition as a coach with the Predators, guiding them to ArenaBowl titles in 1998 and 2000. He also has a Super Bowl ring to his name as he was an assistant coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2002 season.
Destroyers defensive specialist Brandon Hefflin had arguably the best game of his Arena Football career two weeks ago against the Colorado Crush. The second-year player from Toledo (Ohio) had a game-high 13.5 tackles (13UT-1AT), two fumble recoveries and an interception to take home ADT Defensive Player of the Game honors. It was a career-best in tackles for Hefflin, who also was named the AFL's ADT Defensive Player of the Week. He followed that performance with 11.0 tackles (10UT-2AT) this past weekend against Dallas. Hefflin also added five pass breakups in the loss. On the season, the team leader in tackles has 47.0 tackles (39UT-16AT), two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and six pass breakups. Hefflin was picked up by the Destroyers in a tryout camp prior to the 2005 season. In his two-year Arena Football League career, Hefflin has recorded 123.5 tackles (104UT-39AT), intercepted four passes, broke up 19 more while forcing three fumbles and recovering four more, two in each season.

The Destroyers finally return home after back-to-back road games against the Colorado Crush and Dallas Desperados. The Destroyers split the two-game break winning 65-21 at the Pepsi Center in Colorado, but fell 51-30 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. The Destroyers are happy to be home after encountering some traveling trouble on their way to Dallas. The team arrived at Port Columbus Airport at 11:30 a.m., but after numerous delays, the Destroyers did not take off from Columbus until 7:30 p.m. The team arrived at the team hotel in Dallas at 10 p.m., almost eight hours after they were scheduled to arrive. This was the first of two, two-game road trips that the Destroyers will embark on this season. The next comes after these back-to-back home games against Orlando and New York when the team travels to take on the Philadelphia Soul on Apr. 21, and the Austin Wranglers on Apr. 29. The Destroyers are 3-2 on Huntington Field at Nationwide Arena and post a 2-3 record on the road.

Quarterback John Kaleo definitely does not have a favorite player on the team, or if he does, he sure doesn't show it. This past weekend, Kaleo continued his trend of the season, completing passes to six different receivers. Wide receiver/linebacker David Saunders led the team in receptions with five for 60 yards and a score. Wide receiver/linebacker Thabiti Davis had three receptions for a team-high 68 yards. It was the sixth time this season and fourth straight game that Kaleo has accomplished the feat. On the season, Kaleo has completed 192-of-326 passes for 2,230 yards and 35 touchdowns. He completes, on average, 58.9 percent of his passes and is averaging 223.0 passing yards per game. On the season, Kaleo has completed passes to 16 different players. Of the 16 players who have caught passes, 10 of those have at least five or more receptions.
With six games remaining in the 2006 season, each and every game becomes more and more important, especially in the National Conference. Four of the nine teams have identical 6-4 records and are tied for the third playoff spot. The two division winners receive a first-round bye with the third seed hosting the sixth seed and the fourth seed hosting the fifth seed in the Wild Card Round. If the playoffs were to start today, the Destroyers would miss the playoffs by one game. Below is the National Conference playoff picture through Week 9. The "x" indicates the divisional leaders.

1. x-Dallas 8-2
2. x-Austin 7-3
3. Georgia 6-4
(win head-to-head vs. NYD, ORL & TAM)
4. Orlando 6-4
(win common opponents vs. NYD & TAM)
5. Tampa Bay 6-4
(win head-to-head vs. NYD)
6. New York 6-4
7. Columbus 5-5
(win head-to-head vs. PHI)
8. Philadelphia 5-5
9. Kansas City 1-9

The Destroyers are knocking on a franchise record's door. With six games left in the season, the Destroyers only are one win away from tying a franchise record for wins in a season. At 5-5, the Destroyers need one more win to tie and two wins to break the franchise record of six wins set by the 2001 and 2002 Buffalo Destroyers and 2004 Columbus Destroyers. The Destroyers are off to their best start since the 2002 season when the Buffalo Destroyers started the season 6-5 and made the only appearance in the playoffs in franchise history, ironically enough, a 32-27 loss to Orlando.

With the arm of quarterback John Kaleo under center for the Destroyers, one might think that the Destroyers would not need a ground game. That is not the case however, as the Destroyers rushing attack has numerous weapons. For the season, the Destroyers have rushed 86 times for 186 yards and 16 touchdowns. Leading the team is 10-year Arena Football League veteran fullback/linebacker Leroy Thompson. He has rushed 33 times for 78 yards and three touchdowns. Thompson is followed closely by rookie fullback/linebacker Harold Wells, who has 25 carries for 75 yards and six touchdowns. The six rushing touchdowns is tops on the team and is tied for 10th in the Arena Football League. Kaleo is a factor on the ground as well, as he has rushed for five scores on the season, as well.
The talk around Destroyers camp is defense, as it should be, as the team has shut down opposing offenses as of late. The reason for their success might have to deal with the fact that the team is forcing turnovers at an alarming rate. The Destroyers have forced 29 turnovers on the season. Of the turnovers, 15 have come by way of interceptions, while adding 14 fumble recoveries. The Destroyers rank third in the AFL in both categories. Combine the turnovers and the Destroyers are tops in the League in forcing opponents into game changing mistakes. On the flip side, the Destroyers have turned the ball over 19 times, giving them a plus-10 mark in the turnover margin category. That has them tied for first in the AFL with Dallas, who has forced 28 turnovers and turned the ball over 18 times.

In the game of Arena Football, a lot of times, games are decided by a narrow margin. That has not been the case with the Columbus Destroyers this season. Through 10 games, the Destroyers have not had a game decided by 10 points or fewer. What makes this stat even stranger is that every other team in the League has played in at least three games decided by 10 points or fewer. The Destroyers closest game came on Friday, Mar. 3, against the New York Dragons at Nassau Coliseum. After falling behind early, the Destroyers rallied to win 65-53 in their closest game to date this year. On the flip side, the Destroyers largest margin of victory came two weeks ago against the Colorado Crush. The Destroyers crushed the defending ArenaBowl champions 65-21.

The Destroyers have gone global, or at least they did this past Saturday night. In the third quarter of this past weekend's contest against the Dallas Desperados, offensive specialist Carl Bond made a highlight reel touchdown reception. With a defender running step and step with him, Bond turned, batted the ball in the air, which bounced off the defender, then the wall in the end zone and into a leaping Bond's hands for the score. The play was noticed by ESPN's SportsCenter and was the No. 3 play in the Top 10 portion of the program.

When James F. Foster invented the game of Arena Football, he sure did not make it easy for kickers. Destroyers' kicker Mark Lewis has defied that. In eight games, Lewis has connected on 12-of-19 field goals and 34-of-37 extra points. He has been perfect as of late. In the past two games, Lewis has made all of his extra point and field goal attempts. He made all six field goals he attempted and all 11 extra points. In that span, he connected on a career-best 53-yard field goal as time expired in the first half of the Mar. 25th game against Colorado. Lewis has made 16 straight extra points and 19 of his last 20. He ranks second in the AFL in field goals made and extra point kicking percentage.
Week 1 1/28 vs. GRR Thabiti Davis (CMB)
Week 2 2/3 at NSH Clint Stoerner (NSH)
Week 3 2/11 vs. DAL Clint Dolezel (DAL)
Week 4 2/19 at KCB Jerel Myers (KCB)
Week 5 2/24 vs. ARI Damien Groce (ARI)
Week 6 3/3 at NYD Carl Bond (CMB)
Week 7 3/10 vs. GEO Chris Jackson (GEO)
Week 8 3/18 vs. PHI Mike Brown (PHI)
Week 9 3/25 at COL John Kaleo (CMB)
Week 10 4/1 at DAL Clint Dolezel (DAL)
Week 11 4/9 vs. ORL
Week 12 4/14 vs. NYD
Week 13 4/21 at PHI
Week 14 4/29 at AUS
Week 15 5/6 vs. TBS
Week 16 5/13 at SJS

Week 1 1/28 vs. GRR Cecil Doggette (CMB)
Week 2 2/3 at NSH Monty Montgomery (NSH)
Week 3 2/11 vs. DAL Cecil Doggette (CMB)
Week 4 2/19 at KCB Denario Smalls (KCB)
Week 5 2/24 vs. ARI Jerald Brown (CMB)
Week 6 3/3 at NYD B.J. Barre (CMB)
Week 7 3/10 vs. GEO Adam Metts (GEO)
Week 8 3/18 vs. PHI Jerald Brown (CMB)
Week 9 3/25 at COL Brandon Hefflin (CMB)
Week 10 4/1 at DAL Duke Pettijohn (DAL)
Week 11 4/9 vs. ORL
Week 12 4/14 vs. NYD
Week 13 4/21 at PHI
Week 14 4/29 at AUS
Week 15 5/6 vs. TBS
Week 16 5/13 at SJS

Week 1 1/28 vs. GRR David Saunders (CMB)
Week 2 2/3 at NSH Cornelius Bonner (NSH)
Week 3 2/11 vs. DAL Will Pettis (DAL)
Week 4 2/19 at KCB Jacques Rumph (KCB)
Week 5 2/24 vs. ARI Leroy Thompson (CMB)
Week 6 3/3 at NYD DaShane Dennis (NYD)
Week 7 3/10 vs. GEO Jamin Elliot (GEO)
Week 8 3/18 vs. PHI David Saunders (CMB)
Week 9 3/25 at COL Thabiti Davis (CMB)
Week 10 4/1 at DAL Dialleo Burks (DAL)
Week 11 4/9 vs. ORL
Week 12 4/14 vs. NYD
Week 13 4/21 at PHI
Week 14 4/29 at AUS
Week 15 5/6 vs. TBS
Week 16 5/13 at SJS
Week 17 5/22 vs TBS

Bold indicates player won League award as well.
presented by Mountain Dew and WCOL
When the Destoyers host the New York Dragons on Friday, Apr. 14 on Huntington Field at Nationwide Arena, it will be 15 Minutes of Fame Night. One fan with the best "15 minutes of fame" story will be honored with a promotional night in his/her name and star in a specially produced video recreating the "famous" experience that will be shown on the video board during the game. Beginning Monday, Mar. 13, listen to Woody and the Wake-Up Call on 92.3 WCOL for more details on how to enter.

When the Columbus Destroyers kicked off the 2005 AFL season, the team also kicked off a new community initiative in conjunction with the Mid-Ohio FoodBank to "Tackle Hunger" in Central Ohio. Continuing in 2006, fans are asked to bring non-perishable food items to each home game at Nationwide Arena for donation to the Mid-Ohio FoodBank. In turn, fans will receive one raffle ticket per donated food item for a chance to win a team-autographed, authentic AFL football. One winner will be announced during the fourth quarter of each game.

LEAGUE LEADERS: Columbus players from this week's match up who rank among the league leaders:

Player Rank Category Stat
John Kaleo 10 Total Off. Yards 2,238
John Kaleo 7 Total Off. Plays 337
John Kaleo 10 Total Off. TDs 40
Leroy Thompson 3 Rush Attempts 33
John Kaleo 6 Pass Attempts 326
John Kaleo 10 Passing Yards 2,228
John Kaleo 9 Pass Completions 192
Carl Bond 8 Yards Per Catch 15.2
Mark Lewis 2 Field Goals 12
Mark Lewis 2 Field Goal Pct. 63.2
Mark Lewis 6 Field Goal Attempts 19
Mark Lewis 3 PAT Kicking Pct. 91.9
Jerald Brown 1 Interceptions 8
Jerald Brown 1 Int. Ret. Yds. 133
Jerald Brown 4 Intercept. Ret. TDs 1
Brandon Hefflin 17 Tackles 47.0
Jerald Brown 30 Tackles 38.0
Cecil Doggette 41 Tackles 34.0
B.J. Barre 68 Tackles 24.0
Ken Jones 21 Sacks 2.5
Ken Jones 5 Fumbles Forced 3
Eddie Galles 7 Fumbles Recovered 2
Ken Jones 7 Tackles For Loss 5.0
Jerald Brown 6 Passes Defended 16

TALE OF THE TAPE: Here's how the Destroyers and Desperados match up:

Statistical Destroyers Predators
Category Rank Stat Rank Stat
Scoring Offense 17 44.7 10 50.8
Touchdowns Scored 17 58 11 69
Total Offense 18 244.9 11 279.0
Yards Per Play 17 5.6 8 6.5
Scoring Defense 1 42.0 8 48.6
Total Defense 3 259.8 18 302.3
Rushing Offense 7 19.1 2 34.0
Rushing Avg./Carry 10 2.2 4 2.8
Rushing Touchdowns 8 16 3 20
Rushing Defense 7 17.3 8 18.4
Passing Offense 17 225.8 13 245.0
Pass Attempts 11 351 18 309
Passing Yards 17 2,258 13 2,450
Passing Yards/Catch 12 11.2 4 12.2
Had Intercepted 5 13 7 12
Pass Completions 15 202 16 201
Pass Comp. Pct. 16 57.5 7 65.0
Passing TDs 18 36 14 43
Passing Defense 3 242.5 17 283.9
Pass Rating 17 87.9 9 108.2
Pass Def. Rating 1 91.4 12 111.8
Field Goal Percentage 6 .560 5 .588
Field Goals Made 2 14 4 10
FG Attempted 1 25 9 17
PAT Kicking Pct. 7 .907 2 .933
PAT's Made 16 49 9 56
PAT's Attempted 16 54 12 60
MFG Return Attempts 14 2 14 2
MFG Return Yards 12 45 15 25
MFG Returns Avg. 5 22.5 11 12.5
Kickoff Returns 17 50 13 55
Kickoff Ret. Yards 10 960 15 917
Kickoff Return Avg. 4 19.2 11 16.7
Kickoff Return TDs 11 0 11 0
Interceptions 3 15 14 8
Interception Ret. Yds. 2 197 7 148
Interception Ret. TDs 4 2 2 4
Fumbles Recovered 4 14 4 14
Turnover Margin 1 +10 5 +2
First Downs 16 173 9 197
Opponent First Downs 2 184 2 184
Third Down Conv. 15 40.0 7 48.4
Fourth Down Conv. 18 21.4 3 54.5
Penalties 5 68-394 1 49-296
Opponent Penalties 13 62-377 2 77-490
Red Zone Offense 9 79.6 8 80.9
Red Zone Defense 2 72.5 9 78.3
Sacks By 17 5-18 7 12-58
Sacks Against 14 13-68 5 5-16
Time of Possession 6 31:19 12 29:40

10/11/04: Signed offensive/defensive lineman Chris Janek.

10/14/04: Signed offensive/defensive lineman Ken Jones.

4/11/05: Claimed wide receiver/defensive back Jeremy Unertl off waivers from Las Vegas.

10/4/05: Signed quarterback John Kaleo, offensive specialist Thabiti Davis, defensive specialist Cecil Doggette and offensive/defensive linemen Juan Porter and Mike Sutton. Released wide receiver/linebacker Cornelius White.

10/5/05: Signed wide receiver/linebacker David Saunders, offensive/defensive lineman Howard Duncan and defensive specialist Rickie Davis.

10/6/05: Signed defensive specialist Jerald Brown, fullback/linebacker Harold Wells and wide receiver/linebacker Sir Mawn Wilson.

10/7/05: Re-signed offensive/defensive lineman Chris Janek. Signed quarterback Billy Dicken, wide receiver/defensive back B.J. Barre and offensive/defensive lineman John Culp. Waived wide receiver/linebacker Chris Curd and offensive/defensive lineman Bryan Ray.

10/10/05: Traded defensive specialist Art Smith to Kansas City in exchange for offensive/defensive lineman Dan Rumishek.

10/11/05: Waived wide receiver/defensive back Bobby Britton.

10/13/05: Signed wide receiver/linebacker Eddie Galles.

10/17/05: Signed offensive/defensive lineman Kelvin Kinney and wide receiver/defensive back Lincoln Dupree.

10/21/05: Signed fullback/linebackers Leroy Thompson and Chris Browning.

11/2/05: Signed offensive/defensive lineman Brad Greetis.

11/3/05: Signed wide receiver/linebacker Mike Nizzi.

11/7/05: Signed wide receiver/defensive back Hugh Smith.

11/10/05: Signed offensive/defensive lineman Ken Kocher.

11/18/05: Singed offensive/defensive lineman Elliott Harris. Placed offensive/defensive lineman Elliott Harris on Other League Exempt (Green Bay-NFL).

11/28/05: Signed quarterback Josh Harris.

11/29/05: Traded defensive specialist Dwaine Carpenter and future considerations to Arizona in exchange for offensive/defensive linemen Norman Heuer and Shane Jones.

12/2/05: Signed wide receiver/defensive back Ira Gooch. Waived offensive specialist Randall Lane.

12/6/05: Singed offensive/defensive lineman Hardy Mitchell. Waived fullback/linebacker Sedrick Irvin.

12/30/05: Waived offensive/defensive lineman Jason Berger. Released offensive/defensive lineman Jamarr Ward.

1/4/06: Waived-Non-Claimable quarterback Josh Harris.

1/6/06: Signed quarterback Tim Hicks, offensive specialist Carlos Johnson and kicker Miro Kesic.

1/9/06: Waived defensive specialist Rick Sherrod.

1/10/06: Placed offensive/defensive lineman Hardy Mitchell on Injured Reserve. Waived quarterback Tim Hicks.

1/16/06: Waived-Injured offensive/defensive lineman Norman Heuer and Shane Jones.

1/19/06: Signed kicker Luis Berlanga. Waived-Injured wide receiver/linebacker Mike Nizzi. Waived fullback/linebacker Deon Dyer, defensive specialist Rickie Davis and kicker Miro Kesic. Released wide receiver/linebacker Sir Mawn Wilson.

1/21/06: Traded future considerations to Las Vegas in exchange for kicker Mark Lewis. Waived wide receiver/defensive back B.J. Barre, Ira Gooch and Hugh Smith as well as kicker Luis Berlanga.

1/23/06: Re-signed kicker Mark Lewis. Signed kicker Luis Berlanga and wide receiver/defensive backs B.J. Barre, Carl Bond and Ira Gooch to Practice Squad. Placed fullback/linebacker Chris Browning, offensive/defensive linemen John Culp and Brad Greetis, and offensive specialist Carlos Johnson on Injured Reserve.

1/31/06: Signed wide receiver/defensive back Lance Taylor. Waived wide receiver/defensive back Carl Bond.

2/1/06: Signed wide receiver/defensive back Ira Gooch from practice squad. Placed defensive specialist Brandon Hefflin on Injured Reserve.

2/7/06: Traded WR/DB Jeremy Unertl to Chicago in exchange for OS Henry Douglas.

2/10/06: Signed WR/DB B.J. Barre from Practice Squad. Re-signed OL/DL Howard Duncan. Placed FB/LB Harold Wells on Injured Reserve. Activated FB/LB Chris Browning from Injured Reserve.

2/17/06: Signed WR/DB Carl Bond. Activated OL/DL John Culp off of Injured Reserve. Waived OL/DL John Culp. Placed WR/LB Eddie Galles on Injured Reserve. Activated WR/DB Brandon Hefflin off of Injured Reserve.

2/18/06: Signed Emergency K Danny Kight. Placed K Mark Lewis on Emergency Hold.

2/20/06: Waived - Emergency K Danny Kight. Activated K Mark Lewis from Emergency Hold.

2/23/06: Signed Emergency K Danny Kight. Placed K Mark Lewis on Emergency Hold. Activated FB/LB Harold Wells from Injured Reserve. Placed FB/LB Chris Browning on Injured Reserve.

2/27/06: Waived Emergency K Danny Kight. Recalled K Mark Lewis from Emergency Hold.

3/1/06: Activated OS Carlos Johnson from Injured Reserve. Released OS Carlos Johnson.

3/2/06: Signed Emergency K Danny Kight. Placed K Mark Lewis from Emergency Hold.

3/6/06: Waived Emergency K Danny Kight. Recalled K Mark Lewis from Emergency Hold.

3/9/06: Signed WR/DB Lance Taylor from the Practice Squad. Activated FB/LB Chris Browning and OL/DL Brad Greetis from Injured Reserve. Placed FB/LB Leroy Thompson on Injured Reserve. Waived WR/DB Lincoln Dupree.

3/13/06: Signed OS Marcus Knight. Waived WR/DB Lance Taylor and WR/LB Eddie Galles.

3/16/06: Activated OS Henry Douglas from Injured Reserve. Placed DS Cecil Doggette on Injured Reserve.

3/23/06: Activated FB/LB Leroy Thompson from Injured Reserve. Placed FB/LB Chris Browning on Injured Reserve.

3/29/06: Placed WR/DB Henry Douglas on Injured Reserve.

3/30/06: Activated DS Cecil Doggette from Injured Reserve.

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