Training Camp Cuts,
Bolts Roster Trimmed to 62
ORLANDO - The Birmingham Thunderbolts trimmed
the training camp roster to the XFL-mandated 62 players
by making seven player moves Monday. The Bolts waived
five players, placed one on the reserve-injured list
and one on the reserve-XFL exemption list.
Players waived by Birmingham included defensive backs
Carlos Jones and Raphael Ball, wide receiver Chris Ortiz,
running back Jesse Haynes and tight Bryan Arndt. Ball,
Haynes and Arndt were all players the Bolts had obtained
in the supplemental draft just before training camp
is the part of this business that is no fun," head
coach Gerry DiNardo said. "This is a business though,
and unfortunately we sometimes have to make tough business
Defensive back Anthony Blevins was placed on the reserve-injured
list. The former UAB Blazer had successful surgery Monday
at HealthSouth to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament
in his left knee.
The Bolts placed linebacker Jimmy Sprotte on the reserve-XFL
exemption list. Sprotte is currently in Arizona while
his father recovers from open-heart surgery.
Coach Gerry DiNardo and his staff made some
amendments to the practice schedule for
Tuesday. The Thunderbolts were scheduled
to practice Tuesday afternoon, but moved
the workout to morning to give the players
time to have rested legs for Wednesday's
closed scrimmage. The scrimmage will be
the only closed practice of the entire training
camp as mandated by the XFL office.