The Dallas Renegades have released a statement on the condition of quarterback Landry Jones who suffered a leg injury after a 4th down run, towards the end of the 4th quarter against the Houston Roughnecks.
“DALLAS — Renegades quarterback Landry Jones underwent an MRI Monday and results revealed the reaggravation of his left knee injury that was suffered on the first day of training camp in January.
The recovery period is expected to be at least two weeks.
Dallas will add a quarterback to its roster concurrent to XFL rules on short-term injuries. If a quarterback incurs such an injury and the prognosis for recovery is short-term, then a roster exemption shall be granted so the team may add another quarterback to its active list.
A determination on roster additions for the Renegades will be made by the team in the coming days.”
Jones was tackled on a 4th & 1 run, with 4:30 left in the game. Though he advanced past the line to gain, he was in visible pain and stayed on the turf while the Dallas athletic training staff attended to him. After a few moments, he was able to walk off the field of play under his own power, but was heavily favoring his right leg. He did not return to the game.
Though the Renegades will opt to use the XFL’s short-term injury clause to add another quarterback to their roster, current backup Philip Nelson will likely start under center while Jones recovers. He looked to have a handle on finishing the Renegade’s final drive Sunday but came up short when receiver Flynn Nagel bobbled a short screen pass, resulting in a game-ending interception.
“I thought Phillip Nelson came in and did a great job, awesome job of always being ready to play. He does a great job in practice and he came in ready for the opportunity.” -Bob Stoops, post-game press conference
If Landry Jones’ recovery fits the expected timeline, he will return before the Renegades’ trip to Raymond James to face the Tampa Bay Vipers. Until then, Bob Stoops and Hal Mumme will have to work out a new game plan utilizing Nelson and perhaps another new face at quarterback. They will also probably rely more heavily on the dynamic rushing duo of running backs Cameron Artis-Payne and Lance Dunbar, who combined for 79 yards on 21 attempts and a touchdown.