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Wild QB won't require knee surgery

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, March 10, 2011, at 12:05 a.m.

Wichita Wild quarterback Alex Rouse suffered strains of the anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in his left knee and won't be gone for the season, as the team had suspected.

Rouse, who was injured during the fourth quarter of a season-opening loss Monday, said he expects to be out 5-6 weeks.

"It's just great news," Rouse said. "I was expecting much worse. I've got a big smile on my face right now."

Rouse was inconsistent during his Indoor Football League debut. In the 70-59 loss to the expansion Nebraska Danger, he completed 8 of 24 passes for 107 yards and three touchdowns. He threw two interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown.

Wild coach Ken Matous said that Rouse will benefit from observing the next few weeks. Former McPherson College star Shane Mascarenas will take over at quarterback.

"Monday's game was very, very fast," Rouse said. "I have to admit I wasn't expecting the speed of the game to be like it was. It will definitely help me to sit back and watch Shane and be able to go through the reads in my head."

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