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No Aaron Murray, Nick Truesdell for Vipers’ XFL home opener

After two road losses to start their season, the Vipers will play their first home game today at Raymond James Stadium against undefeated Houston.

TAMPA — As the Vipers play their first XFL home game of the season today, they will be without starting quarterback Aaron Murray for the second straight week and they won’t have one of their top receiving targets in tight end Nick Truesdell.

On the team’s final injury report, both Murray (foot) and Truesdell (knee) have been ruled out. Defensive tackle Ricky Walker, who had his right foot in a walking boot earlier this week, will also miss today’s game against the Houston Roughnecks.

Murray, a Plant High product, played through the foot injury in the Vipers’ Week 1 loss to the New York Guardians. He didn’t play in last week’s loss in Seattle. Taylor Cornelius has taken first-team reps in practice, sharing snaps with USF product Quinton Flowers, and is expected to start today.

Cornelius threw for 154 yards on 16-for-27 passing against the Dragons, but threw two interceptions as the Vipers still search for their first offensive touchdown.

Truesdell, a big 6-foot-5 target, is the Vipers’ third leading receiver with 78 yards on seven catches. His absence could mean a larger receiving role for tight ends Colin Thompson and DeAndre Goolsby, who have caught just one pass between them.

New addition S.J. Green, a standout receiver in the CFL who was acquired in a trade this week, practiced with the second team but will not play. Green, a USF and Brandon High product, has seven 1,000-yard receiving seasons on his resume in the CFL and won three Grey Cups under Vipers coach Marc Trestman in Montreal and Toronto. He’s more likely to play in next week’s game against D.C.

Cornerback Jalen Collins and linebacker Anthony Stubbs will also be inactive today.

Contact Eduardo A. Encina at eencina@tampabay.com. Follow @EddieInTheYard

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