Spokane doesn’t play a game this week, but there’s still Shock news to discuss.
—Spokane made a couple of roster moves, putting WR Quorey Payne (calf) and OL Rob McMackin (knee) on injured-reserve (Payne went on IR on 4/16). McMackin’s injury won’t require surgery. The extent of the injuries to DBs Rod Mosley (ankle) and William Mulder (back) wasn’t immediately known. Asked about FB Clay Harrell’s battered body, head coach Rob Keefe said it’s the accumulation of a lengthy playing career, but he’s playing effectively, Keefe said.
Four players already on IR (DB Alex Teems, OL Ed Ta’amu, OL Chris Pino and WR Shaun Kauleinamoku) are eligible to come off the list Sunday. Of the four, Ta’amu is the most likely to need additional healing time. Teems and Pino figure to step into the lineup immediately.
If any of the four require additional recovery time, they can go on IR on a week-by-week basis, as long as they don’t sustain a different injury, Keefe pointed out.
On the topic of injuries, Keefe is hesitant to disclose specifics because he feels opponents will use that knowledge to their benefit.
—Roughly six players went home during the bye week, the rest remained in Spokane. That doesn’t mean everybody’s on cruise control. Players have been conditioning at the Shock practice facility/weight room. Keefe has been helping players with job interviews, apartments, etc.
Players aren’t paid during bye weeks, so practices are pretty much off limits.
—Keefe was satisfied with Spokane’s level of play in the win over Bossier-Shreveport, but saw plenty of room for improvement. He noted that Spokane had a shot at four interceptions, in addition to the one Mosley returned for a touchdown. He also thought Spokane’s defense could have got off the field with stops on fourth down.
“We’re not even close to where I think we can be,” Keefe said.
—Mosley did a nice job covering BattleWings’ standout receiver PJ Berry, who had just four catches, including two for touchdowns, one on a broken coverage. He came in averaging 12 catches per game. Fans also probably noticed that Berry wasn’t at full speed and didn’t return kicks until the second half. He was apparently bothered by a turf toe injury.
—Keefe on the two-point conversion call that went awry late with Roshawn Marshall returning an interception, giving Bossier-Shreveport two points: “Stupid call. I’ll take the blame for it. We can’t get overzealous.”
—Spokane’s special teams (Taylor Rowan, kick coverage, kick return, etc.) were solid most of the game. Bossier-Shreveport tried several on-side kicks that Spokane handled. Berry had one 31-yard return, but was held in check otherwise, along with two other BattleWings’ return men. Meanwhile, Raul Vijil returned six kicks for 94 yards, including a 28-yarder. Vijil had one return to the B/S 14-yard line, but a holding call cost Spokane 29 yards of field position.
Rowan was 10 of 10 on PATs. He’s 24 of 27 on the season (not all of the misses were his fault).