Quarterback Landry Jones, who was the first player to sign a contract with an XFL team, will finally make his league debut.
Jones will lead the Dallas Renegades into their Week Two game against the Los Angeles Wildcats this Sunday as the team’s starting quarterback. The news was announced by head coach Bob Stoops earlier today. Jones has been recovering from a knee injury that he suffered during training camp. He was forced to miss the season opener last week due to the injury.
Although Jones was actually cleared to play last week against the St. Louis BattleHawks, Stoops elected to play it safe and have Jones sit out. Jones has been working with the first team during practice all week. He’ll lead the Renegades into battle against the Wildcats, who come off of a 37-17 thrashing from Texas’ other XFL team, the Houston Roughnecks.
“We’re planning on starting Landry and playing the whole game,” Stoops said, via CBS Sports. “He’s felt great all week, so we’re anxious to see him out there.”
Dallas lost their Week One matchup to the BattleHawks last week 15-9. Starting in Jones’ place was Phillip Nelson, who finished the day with 209 yards and one interception while completing 79% of his passes. Now, the former Pittsburgh Steelers backup signal-caller will get his chance to lead Dallas to victory this weekend.
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