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Tampa Bay Storm coach Tim Marcum calls loss of receivers 'a big concern'

TAMPA — The Storm placed recently signed receivers Lawrence Samuels and Cleannord Saintil on injured reserve this week, meaning both will miss at least four games.

"It's a big concern," coach Tim Marcum said of his depleted receiving corps.

Samuels, the Arena league's all-time leader in receptions, broke the ring finger on his left hand while running a slant pattern during warmups before Sunday's game at Milwaukee. Though Samuels, who has six receptions for 50 yards in his only game this season, will be missed as a target, his loss might be felt more on defense.

"We have to try to figure out a way to replace (Samuels) at that linebacker position," Marcum said. "That's a problem."

Saintil, who was signed along with Samuels on April 12, tore the MCL in his right knee while returning a fourth-quarter kickoff. Marcum said Saintil will not need surgery.

"I think we could have him ready after four (weeks)," Marcum said.

Saintil had a monster game against the Iron before the injury, catching nine passes for 128 yards and four touchdowns. He also scored twice on the ground and totaled 212 all-purpose yards.

The injuries to Samuels and Saintil have paved the way for DeAndrew Rubin, who starred at USF and St. Petersburg's Dixie Hollins High, to earn his first start Saturday against Arizona at the St. Pete Times Forum.

Hold on: Turnovers continue to plague Tampa Bay. The Storm took a 41-31 third-quarter lead Sunday, but three turnovers cost it in the 72-61 loss.

"We just let it get away," WR Tyrone Timmons said.

"It's nothing big that we're doing wrong. It's just the little things."

The Storm has five turnovers in two losses, including a pair against Tulsa in a Week 1 loss. Tampa Bay didn't have a turnover in its win over Dallas.

"We turn it over, and we lose. We don't turn it over and win," Marcum said. "It doesn't get much simpler than that."

viewing parties: The Palma Ceia Beef O'Brady's (2819 S MacDill Ave.) will host viewing parties for two of the Storm's televised games on the NFL Network: at Orlando on May 28 and at Dallas on July 9.

Two On a Tear: Timmons, who caught seven passes for 118 yards and two scores Sunday, now has eight consecutive multi-touchdown games. It was also Timmons' third consecutive 100-yard game of the season.

Meanwhile, Arizona WR Rod Windsor, had a career game against Tulsa on Friday, catching 16 passes for 230 yards and six touchdowns (including one with no time left) and rushing for two touchdowns in a 77-76 win. The rookie leads the league in receptions (40), yards (512) and touchdowns (nine).

Road Woes: Travel has been unkind to the Storm with both losses coming on the road. But Marcum said hitting the road isn't the problem.

"Travel doesn't make you turn the ball over three times," he said. "That's something we have to work through."

odds and ends: A win Saturday would be the 200th for Marcum. … Sunday's loss dropped the Storm to third place in the Southern Division at 1-2. Arizona (2-1) enters in a first-place tie in the Western Division with Spokane.

. Up Next

Storm vs. Arizona

When/where: 7:30 p.m. Saturday; St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa.

Tickets: (813) 301-6600 or tampabaystorm.com

Tampa Bay Storm coach Tim Marcum calls loss of receivers 'a big concern' 04/28/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 9:55pm]
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