It’s official. The XFL Tampa Bay Vippers will be without week one starting quarterback Aaron Murray due to a foot injury suffered in their Sunday loss at New York. And now, the question that everyone to know is: will coach Marc Trestman insert former USF quarterback Quinton Flowers to replace him?
First, the league announced on its website Friday morning that Murray has been downgraded to out after suffering the foot injury and not being able to practice all week.
For his part Trestman was not revealing what the exact plan is but it is believed the Flowers may start and at a minimum will see significant playing time as a dual-threat option. He told the XFL site:
“We’ll make a decision at gametime. Who starts doesn’t really matter because they’re both going to be in the game,” he said.
The “they’re both going to be in the game” refers to the Vipers also giving first-team reps this week to former Oklahoma State quarterback, Taylor Cornelius.
As for Murray, he threw a red zone INT on the Tampa Bay first drive, and would finish the day 16-34 throwing for 231 yards a touchdown, and two interceptions in the loss.
Flowers (photo above), who’s listed as a QB/RB/WR, played quarterback some Sunday and a few times lined up out wide taking a jet sweep and faking another one. He had a QB draw in the third quarter getting the Vipers to a first and goal, but then, exited for Murray.
Flowers relieved Murray, again, with the score 23-3, finishing with 5 rushes for 34 yards and was 1-2 in the air with a 37 yard completion.
Flowers was the 2016 American Conference Offensive Player of the Year and re-wrote the Bulls record book on yards from scrimmage, rushing yards by a QB, etc.
Complicating things for Tampa Bay in their second XFL game is that they had a shorter week of only six days and have to fly all the way out to Seattle to play Jim Zorn’s Seattle Dragons on Saturday afternoon