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Tampa Bay Storm will have to review Orlando Predators film after all

TAMPA — Storm coach Tim Marcum didn't show his players film of their regular-season finale thumping at the hands of Orlando before their first-round playoff game with Tulsa last week.

Now he has no choice.

Tampa Bay defeated Tulsa 68-38 Saturday and welcomes the Predators to the St. Pete Times Forum on Saturday in a league semifinal. The winner goes to the ArenaBowl.

"We put (the Orlando) game behind us right away," Marcum said of the 75-60 loss on July 31. "As coaches we watched film but didn't show any of the players to keep them positive for Tulsa."

Against Orlando, the Storm gave up a season-high 75 points and committed three turnovers. This is the third meeting this season between the teams. Tampa Bay beat Orlando 62-50 on May 28.

"Our job now is to identify the mistakes we made and correct them," Marcum said. "And it all starts with cutting out the turnovers."

Edwards' injury: The Storm got a big scare when wideout Hank Edwards went down with a right knee injury in the second quarter against Tulsa and did not return.

Edwards, who leads the Storm with 1,748 receiving yards, was examined in Tulsa, and the team was told it was likely an ACL tear.

But an MRI exam this week in Tampa revealed no structural damage. Edwards didn't practice Tuesday but did perform drills at Wednesday night's workout. His status for Saturday is unclear.

"We'll see how it goes the rest of the week," Marcum said.

The Storm brought in wideout Javarus Dudley for a workout this week, and he was signed Thursday night.

Dudley played with Orlando in 2006 and 2007.

Stepping in: When Edwards went down, veteran Sedrick Robinson went in, and he was awarded the league's ironman of the week prize for his performance. Robinson, who was activated before the game, finished with a team-high seven receptions for 87 yards and a pair of touchdown receptions, and he had two tackles on special teams.

Mac is back: Defensive back Erick McIntosh, out since July 17 with a separated shoulder, returned against Tulsa and had a pair of interceptions.

"(McIntosh) did a nice job," Marcum said, "and having him back there in the middle to cover the motion man afforded us some more flexibility. That way we could move (defensive back Daryon) Brutley to the backside, and it's just a better fit."

fast facts

Storm vs. Orlando

What: League playoff semifinal

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

TV/radio: BHSN; 1250-AM

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

Tampa Bay Storm will have to review Orlando Predators film after all 08/12/10 [Last modified: Thursday, August 12, 2010 11:45pm]

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