Abilene, Texas (Abilene Reporter News) - Quarterback Quincy Carter is no longer with the Abilene Ruff Riders after not showing up to play at Saturday's Ruff Riders' game against Odessa at Taylor County Coliseum.
When the Riders were introduced, Randy Hymes was named as the starting quarterback. Hymes, who signed with the Riders as a receiver and caught four touchdown passes last week against San Angelo, played quarterback in college at Grambling. His last game as a quarterback was in 2000.
Riders coach Gerald Dockery said he was called by Carter about 3 p.m. Saturday and the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback told him he wasn't playing.
Dockery said he didn't try to change his mind. About an hour before the game with Odessa, the Riders drew up a new game plan that put Hymes under center. Hymes was only 4-of-16 passing for 27 yards but he scored a touchdown and did not turn over the ball. The Riders won easily, 43-27, to gain a home playoff game.
Carter had not started a game since being injured late in the May 23 game against El Paso. He played the fourth quarter last week in San Angelo when his backup, David Bowie, went down with an ankle injury. Bowie was released Sunday after throwing four interceptions in a 56-32 loss.
Riders general manager Barney Welch said at halftime of Saturday's game that he didn't know Carter's whereabouts but that the quarterback no longer was with the team.
Both Dockery and Welch said Carter continually tested their patience during the season even as they tried to work with him. Hymes will be the teams' quarterback for the playoffs, Dockery said.