I was pulling a late-nighter, typing up a few things for our upcoming Columbus Lions preview package, when I noticed a familiar name missing from the list of players Lions coach Jason Gibson had sent me earlier in the day.
Where was WR Tirone Morris? I knew I had just seen the guy at the scrimmage game, and he even scored a TD for the Lions in the season-opener. There's no way he'd be cut, right?
Never miss a local story.
Not cut, but traded. According to this article, the Lions traded Morris to the Erie Explosion on Wednesday.
In 2010, Morris led the league in receptions (85) and receiving yards (996) and was second in receptions per game (7.73) and receiving yards per game (90.5).
Morris is expected to be active today when the Explosion takes on the Trenton Steel. Columbus doesn't play the Explosion in the regular season but could face them in the playoffs.
Lafayette Wildcatters call it a day
According to this release, the Lafayette Wildcatters of the SIFL's Gulf Coast Division have folded for the 2011 season.
Apparently the team could not find a way to manage the necessary workers compensation insurance. The good news is the release says the team is hoping to figure out a solution and return for the 2012 season.
The Lions were scheduled to host the Wildcatters on April 16. I'll get an update and post when I find out what the Lions will do to fill the gap in the schedule.