The Las Vegas Locos beat the Sacramento Mountain Lions 26-3 to improve to 3-1 and stay tied with the Omaha Nighthawks on top of the UFL standings. However their third win came at a terrible price. QB Tim Rattay ruptured his Achilles Tendon and has been placed on IR by the team effectively ending his 2010 season. Rattay was hurt late in the fourth quarter when he had some bad footing on the field of play.
Rattay has been having a pretty good season, and in this game was 18 for 27 for 158 yards, and had not been sacked in the game. This is one of those freak football injuries that will now play a major factor in which of the five UFL teams wins the championship in year number two. The Locos will now turn to Chase Clement, Drew Willy, and Russ Michna to guide them the rest of the way.
Now Clement was a very fine Conference USA QB at Rice, but has not done much in the pro game. He went undrafted in 2009 before catching on with the Locos. He seems to be the best fit for the Locos offense. Willy on the other hand was a pretty good MAC QB who played his college ball at Buffalo. Michna was with the Locos earlier this year and has played in the CFL as well as the Arena Leagues. It looks like the new QB depth chart will be Clement, Willy, and finally Michna.
Where this leaves the Locos in terms of defending their UFL championship remains to be seen. It seems that the Locos and the Nighthawks are separating themselves for the UFL herd. I don’t want to over exaggerate the loss of Rattay, or simplify it. We will simply have to wait and see how these other men pick up the job.