Command Add Linemen Prior to Game Tonight
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - The Kansas City Command added offensive lineman Ken Scott (6-3, 340, Texas Tech) and defensive lineman Ibrahim "Heero" Abdulai (6-3, 300, Arkansas-Pine Bluff) to the roster in advance of tonight's nationally televised on NFL Network game against the Tampa Bay Storm. Scott was a teammate of current Command center Kimani Jones for the Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings in the Arena Football League in 2010 and will be in the starting lineup tonight for KC. Abdulai (pron. ee-BRA-heem ab-DOO-lie) spent the 2011 NFL preseason with the New York Giants and parts of this AFL season with the Chicago Rush after a standout career at Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
The Command had started the same four players on the offensive line and at fullback all season, but Robert Brewster suffered a season-ending knee injury last week against San Jose and Andre Ramsey was invited to mini-camp for the Carolina Panthers. Cornelius Dixon started 10 games for Kansas City last year and had served as the backup in 2012, but two vacancies created an urgent need for a new offensive lineman and Coach Danton Barto believes Scott fills the bill.
"He's a veteran guy who knows the game," Barto said. "We lost two guys in one week so we definitely were scrambling. We lucked out that Ken was looking to play and we feel confident in what he's going to do."
Scott began the 2010 season at Bossier-Shreveport playing primarily on the defensive side of the ball before moving over to offense where he started the final 10 games of the year. He finished 2010 with six tackles on defense and two catches for 24 yards and a touchdown on offense.
He was a four-year letter-winner at Texas Tech University as a defensive lineman, playing in a total of 47 career games. He was a full-time starter his final two seasons but also received starts as a freshman and sophomore. He finished his Tech career with 108 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. He was named Honorable Mention All-Big 12 in 2005 after registering 37 tackles and 1.5 sacks. He squatted what was then a school-record 700 pounds in spring of 2004.
He was in camp with the Buffalo Bills in 2007 after finishing his career at Texas Tech. He then played three af2 seasons, the first two with the Lubbock Renegades in 2007 and 2008 and with South Georgia in 2009. He was a player/coach for the Amarillo Venom of the IFL last year.
An injury was a factor in the need to sign Abdulai as well. DL Chris Lyle suffered a hamstring injury in practice this week and is unavailable for the game against Tampa Bay.
Abdulai comes to the Command after spending the 2012 preseason in training camp with the Chicago Rush. He rejoined the Rush and played in a regular season game earlier in April. He signed as an undrafted free agent with the Giants and appeared in all four preseason games but was among the team's final roster cuts prior to the regular season.
A three-year starter for Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Abdulai was named 1st-Team All-SWAC after his senior season. He finished that year with 73 tackles, 23 tackles for loss, 9.0 sacks, three fumble recoveries and four forced fumbles. He was an FCS Preseason All-American. He played in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities All-Star Bowl after the season, the same game Danton Barto would coach in a year later.
Born in Chicago and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, Abdulai is known as "Heero" to his friends and teammates. The nickname is based on the Nigerian translation of his full name, "Hero, the helping hand of God."
"He was in camp with the Rush and we saw some film of a scrimmage we really liked," Barto said of Abdulai. "We needed some defensive line depth and we think he can provide that for us."
The Command are currently in Tampa Bay to take on the Storm tonight at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. The game will air nationally on NFL Network and live on Sports Radio 810 WHB. Kickoff is scheduled for 7pm. The next home game for Kansas City is this Saturday, May 5 at 7pm against the San Antonio Talons.
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