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Injuries Force Cobras To Shuffle Roster

Posted June 28, 2001 10:15 a.m. EDT

— The Carolina Cobras made a number of roster moves Thursday as they prepare for their Eastern Division showdown with the Toronto Phantoms on Saturday, June 20 at 3 p.m. at Air Canada Centre.

Carolina waived former Wake Forest standout Jammie Deese, placed linemen Silas Demary (leg), Carl Reeves (elbow) and Matt Norwood (thumb) on injured reserve, and activated linemen Chris Mintz and Allen Mogridge along with defensive specialist Robert Williams.

Demary, one of the Cobras most valuable lineman with 4.0 sacks on defense and 10 catches for 114 yards and three touchdowns on offense, will most likely miss the rest of the season after breaking his right tibia on the final play of the game last week in a 58-52 overtime loss to Houston. Reeves and Norwood will miss at least two weeks each.

The good news for the Cobras is they get three quality football players back from injured reserve. Mintz has missed the last seven games with an ankle injury, while Mogridge (concussion) and Williams (knee) have both missed the last three games. Williams still leads the club in interceptions (4) despite playing in just seven contests this season.

Carolina (6-4) holds a 1/2 game lead over the Buffalo Destroyers (6-5) in the National Conference Eastern Division. Toronto (4-6) is two games back but is still in the hunt for one of 12 playoff spots that are available in the Arena Football League post-season.

Heading into this week's action, the Cobras are ranked No. 8 with four games remaining.