The first player signed to the XFL was former Oklahoma Sooner and Pittsburgh Steelers Landry Jones. The first big-name star in the XFL with a significant injury is also now Landry Jones.
The Dallas Renegades put out the following press release on their injured star QB.
HOUSTON – The Dallas Renegades have announced quarterback Landry Jones sustained a left knee injury during yesterday’s practice at the team’s training camp in Houston. Jones will continue to be evaluated by the Renegades’ medical staff.
“We are sorry to see Landry sidelined for the next 4-6 weeks and are hopeful he will heal quickly and be back on the field at our opener, if not just shortly after,” Renegades Head Coach and General Manager Bob Stoops said. “Landry is the leader of our team and will continue to play that key role.”
The Renegades currently only have one other QB on their roster. That is Philip Nelson out of East Carolina. Nelson was taken in the 7th round of the Phase #1 XFL Skill Players Draft.
Dallas will quickly need to add one or even two QBs as training camp is in full swing. The Renegades did not reveal whether Jones’s knee injury was a strain or tear. Jones is 30 years old and still has plenty left in the tank but if this was a non-contact injury, it could be a long term problem.
Some possible replacements for Jones could include. Kevin Hogan, Luke Falk or Brad Kaaya. Former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel would not be an option. Multiple times Renegades director of player personnel Daryl ‘Moose’ Johnston said no, he was not interested. Thats was in his days as a GM in the AAF and now with the XFL. So a Manziel / Hal Mumme offense is not happening.
Another option would be to add a player via trade. The Renegades were one of the first XFL teams to make a trade. A guy like Tyree Jackson from the DC Defenders, Marquise Williams from the New York Guardians or BJ Daniels from the Seattle Dragons could be options.
Most likely at this point, XFL teams are not interested in trading QBs to an opposing team. Expect to see someone new to the XFL in a Dallas Renegades uniform very soon.
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