Tryout with Bears means Soul's Tribue will miss playoff game

Posted: August 01, 2014

THE SOUL will be shorthanded for this week's playoff game as stud offensive lineman Wayne Tribue has left the team for a tryout with the Chicago Bears.

Tribue, a Temple product, is an AFL rookie who has generated interest in other pro leagues. He spent time in training camp with the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL in June. Tribue, who could not be reached for comment, also spent time in 2012-13 with the Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers.

"Out of anybody on our team, we think Wayne has the highest potential," said Soul general manager Tom Goodhines. "So this isn't a surprise."

The Soul have some depth at offensive line with the recent addition of center Ryan Blaszczyk, a Shawnee/Rutgers product who played for the Soul last year.

The Soul visit top-seeded Cleveland on Saturday in a first-round game.

Two years ago, wide receiver Tiger Jones left the Soul when the Eagles invited him to training camp. While it was a significant opportunity for Jones, it left the Soul shorthanded, especially when they lost to Arizona in the championship game.

"Wayne's a big part of this team, and a big part of our future," Goodhines said. "But this won't hurt us like Tiger did."

- Ed Barkowitz

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