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Storm loses starting safety for season

Storm defensive back Rashad Barksdale (19), forcing Cleveland’s Dominick Goodman to fumble, sustained a knee injury April 20.

AUSTIN ANTHONY | Times

Storm defensive back Rashad Barksdale (19), forcing Cleveland’s Dominick Goodman to fumble, sustained a knee injury April 20.

The Storm has lost a second starter to a season-ending injury in two weeks.

DB Rashad Barksdale, one of Tampa Bay's top free agent signings, sustained a knee injury April 20 against Orlando. Specifics weren't available. He joins FB Terence Crosby (undisclosed) on injured reserve.

Starting this season, a player placed on injured reserve is out for the season. Previously, players had to sit for only four weeks.

Barksdale sustained the injury while covering a kickoff and limped to the sideline. He returned to the game. He found out this week he needed surgery.

Barksdale was second on the team in tackles (251/2) behind DB Chris Smith (26). The third-year player led the Storm in passes defended (five) and fumble recoveries (two).

Feeling Better: K Juan Bongarra left the game at Orlando early in the third quarter and was taken to a hospital complaining of chest pains. He was released that night and returned to practice this week. The Storm signed Craig Camay on Thursday in case Bongarra can't go in tonight's game against Spokane.

Prime Time: The Storm makes its first of three appearances on national TV tonight. This is the first season of the league's deal with CBS Sports Network.

Scouting the Shock: Spokane has scored an average 68.8 points per game, fewer than only Arizona's 69.6. … QB Erik Meyer leads the league in completion percentage (71.1), yards (1,521) and touchdowns (40). … WR Adron Tennell leads the league with 46 catches and 17 touchdowns, and is second in yards (557) to Tampa Bay's Joe Hills (592). … Spokane has a plus-10 turnover margin, tied for second in the league with Tampa Bay. … Spokane has won two of three games against Tampa Bay. One win was 69-57 in ArenaBowl XXIII in 2010. Last season Spokane won the regular-season finale 63-53 to deny Tampa Bay a playoff berth.

Fab Five: Shock DB Paul Stephens intercepted a league-record five passes (returning one for a touchdown) in last week's 69-47 victory against San Jose. The interceptions, his only ones of the season, lead the league. Storm QB Adrian McPherson has thrown one interception among 146 passes this season.

Remember me? Hills played three games for the Shock in 2012 before being released. He signed with Tampa Bay later in the season and torched the Shock for 215 yards and three touchdowns.

Ex-Bull traded: Orlando traded former USF and Storm WR Amarri Jackson to San Jose for QB Aaron Garcia and OL Devin Clark on Thursday. Garcia, 42, holds the league records for career passing yards (56,186) and TDs (1,220).

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

.Tonight

Storm at Spokane

When/where: 10; Spokane Arena, Spokane, Wash.

TV/radio: CBS Sports Network; 1250-AM

Records: Storm 3-2; Spokane 5-0

Storm loses starting safety for season 04/26/13 [Last modified: Friday, April 26, 2013 10:22pm]
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