By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Any hopes of the Philadelphia Soul three-peating may have just gone up in smoke. The team has put their franchise quarterback Dan Raudabaugh on injured reserve.
This is the one player that the Soul could not lose if they wanted to be competitive, as a top team in the Arena Football League. Raudabaugh will likely miss the rest of the season with a non-throwing shoulder injury.
If Raudabaugh has surgery, he’s definitely out for the season.
Raudabaugh, who got injured in the May 4th loss to the Baltimore Brigade, struggled mightily in the Soul’s home loss to the Albany Empire on Saturday night. He went 18 of 32 for 220 yards.
That would be a normal stat line for Raudabaugh. However, with his three touchdowns, he also had two momentum-killing interceptions. It showed throughout that he was hurting.
Greg McGhee, who saw his first AFL action on Saturday night, also struggled offensively. The team could not get anything going under McGhee on the first few drives before scoring two touchdowns late.
He went 6 of 9 for 48 yards with the two scores.
The Soul has been assigned veteran AFL QB, Danny Southwick. He was assigned to the Jacksonville Sharks, before going on the refused to Report last month.
He last played in the AFL with the Cleveland Gladiators last season. The journeyman will be playing for his 8th AFL team when he suits up for the Soul.
Head Coach Clint Dolezel may go with McGhee this week since it is a short week and they are playing on Friday against the Brigade. Then, moving forward and depending on how well or how bad McGhee does in that game, Dolezel may lean on Southwick for the rest of the season.
With the Gladiators last season, he went 1 of 1 for four yards. He also went 1 of 1 for nine yards for the Los Angeles KISS in 2016.
He has not thrown more than one pass since the 2016 season when he began the season with the Portland Steel before being released. He went 74 of 125 for 742 yards. He also had 13 touchdowns and five interceptions.