Fender Benders Slow Down Tribe

The Jacksonville Indians will have their hands full early this season as they try to overcome a series of injuries. Four players have been hurt in car accidents over the past three weeks, leaving a few holes in the lineup. The biggest is starting quarterback Ramone Williams, who suffered a concussion and isn't allowed to take part in contact drills. Head coach Randy Copeland hopes to have him back by the second or third game of the season, and definitely by district action. In the meantime, the Tribe plans to fly under the radar and count their blessings.

"It's very frustrating," said Williams, "because I'm used to being out here playing with my teammates.  And watching them from the sideline is a struggle to me.  It hurts me a lot."

"The main thing is we still have [Williams]," said Copeland.  "We're going to get him back and he has a chance to go on learn a lesson from this.  So, there's two ways to look at it.  We're going to look at it as that we are blessed in this situation and the kids are going to learn from it."

The Indians open their season August 26 at the Tomato Bowl against Sulphur Springs.