With Graziani out, Soul signs Stoerner

Posted: April 20, 2007

The Soul's team colors might be gray and blue, but their roster is black and blue, particularly at quarterback. It's so dire that Phil Bogle, the team's stud 322-pound lineman, was volunteering to be a backup at yesterday's practice.

"But," he joked, "I'd have to get two paychecks."

Veteran help is on the way, however, and will arrive as early as today when newly signed free agent Clint Stoerner shows up for his first practice.

Stoerner, 29, started 13 games last season for Nashville and played in 16 games with the Dallas Desperados in 2005. Before that, he spent three seasons in the NFL with the Cowboys after being signed as a free agent out of Arkansas.

Juston Wood, the only other quarterback on the roster, made his Soul debut Monday in relief of injured starter Tony Graziani with mixed results. He started off by throwing four touchdown passes before tossing three fourth-quarter interceptions in a 51-41 loss to Dallas. Turnovers have been a large reason why the Soul (4-2) has lost two in a row.

Graziani, who separated his left (throwing) shoulder against Dallas, was placed on injured reserve yesterday and will miss a minimum of two games. Soul coach Bret Munsey indicated this week his star quarterback would miss four to six games.

Defensive lineman Jason Davis, who tore his left ACL against Dallas, also was placed on IR. His season is likely over. The Soul also released defensive back Johnnie Harris and signed wide receiver Scottie Vines, a former Detroit Lion.

"[Vines] could go this week," Munsey said. "We're banged up. We're trying to find 20 guys to go into battle this week, and he could be one of them. We need a little spark at wide receiver, a little juice."

Munsey also indicated talks were still ongoing with free agent Joe Hamilton, the Georgia Tech product and veteran AFL quarterback who spent time in Orlando while Munsey was an assistant there.

The Soul plays a pivotal game Monday night against Eastern Division rival Columbus (3-3). It's the team's second of three straight road games, following the loss to undefeated Dallas (7-0) and before a visit to defending champ Chicago (5-1) on April 30. *

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