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March 23, 2004 - Arena Football League (1987-2008) (AFL I) - Orlando Predators News Release

ORLANDO, Fla. (March 23) – Orlando Predators Head Coach Jay Gruden was forced into duty during Tuesday’s practice, as both Joe Hamilton and Connell Maynor nursed injuries. Gruden threw balls to wide receivers during the workout, as he did not have either of his quarterbacks available.

Hamilton, who left Sunday’s game with a strained knee, underwent an MRI Monday night. Head Trainer Kevin Mercuri said the tests revealed no significant damage, but said it would be a few days before Hamilton’s status for Saturday’s game with Indiana would be known.

Maynor had injured the wrist of his throwing hand in practice last week, but was able to relieve Hamilton and finish the game against Chicago. He received a cortisone shot on Tuesday morning but was unable to practice.

“Hopefully we’ll have both these guys back real soon,” Gruden said. “If not, we’ll have to scramble and bring someone in here in the next day or two.”

In addition to Maynor and Hamilton, WR/DB Bret Cooper was also hurt in Sunday’s game (knee). He was able to participate in Tuesday’s practice and is listed as probable for the Las Vegas game. On a positive note, it appears that OS Travis McGriff will see his first action of the season on Saturday. McGriff 81 passes for 1,216 yards and scored 25 touchdowns last season to win AFL Rookie of the Year honors. He has missed the first six games of this season with a hamstring injury.

Orlando obtained OL/DL Greg Krause on Tuesday in a trade with Indiana. Krause started all 16 games for the Mohegan Wolves (af2) last year and made the Firebirds roster but has not appeared in any games this season. Krause was acquired for his ability to play center, a position the Predators will need help at this week. To obtain Krause, the Predators traded the rights to DS Khalil Carter to Indiana. Carter left Predators pre-season camp this past January to sign an NFL contract with Buffalo. He remains with the Bills, but his Arena Football League rights switch from Orlando to Buffalo.

The Predators lost OL/DL Justin Cleveland to an injury two weeks ago and knew in advance that they would be without second team center Josh McKibben this week. McKibben is getting married on Saturday and informed coaches before signing a contract that he would not be available this week.

Either Krause or Reggie Lee will back-up starter Fred Ray at center this Saturday.

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