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Firecats News

2007-05-01

Firecats Place Kicker on IR

Estero, FL- The Florida Firecats placed kicker Andy Eminger on Injured Reserve this week with a torn left calf muscle. Placing him on IR will keep him out of the lineup for a minimum of 4 weeks.

“Andy is a competitor, it’s going to be tough to fill his spot on the roster,” said Firecats coach Kevin Bouis.

Eminger injured his leg last week and was unable to play in Saturday’s game against Tennessee Valley. “I stayed off my leg last week trying to give it time to heal, but on Friday I told coach I wasn’t able to go,” Eminger said of his injury. “I had hoped it was just going to be a strain, but the MRI showed it’s torn.”

The Firecats brought in Santiago Gramatica to kick in Eminger’s place against the Vipers. Gramatica was originally expected to compete with Eminger for the position prior to the start of the season, but pulled a hamstring just days before reporting to camp. Gramatica re-injured his hamstring during the game.

“We knew Santiago wasn’t 100%, but he felt he could help us so we brought him in,” Bouis said. “It’s unfortunate that both guys are hurt, we’ll have to let them get healthy and re-evaluate their situations in a few weeks.”

The Firecats are looking at brining in a few kickers this week to compete for the starting job.

The Florida Firecats travel to Albany NY this week to battle the Conquest. Kickoff is set for 4pm EST this Saturday May 5th. Fans can listen to the game online at www.FloridaFirecats.com, www.NBC-2.com & www.ABC-7.com.

Florida’s next home game will be Saturday May 19th against the Mahoning Valley Thunder. Tickets are on sale now. Call the Firecats box office at 390-CATS (2287).