Saturday night’s New Orleans VooDoo game at the Philadelphia Soul will mark the third consecutive game center Lorenzo Breland will miss because of a concussion he suffered April 11 at the Pittsburgh Power.
Breland said he does not remember the entire play which threatens to end his football career.
On the play, Breland watched a Power defender intercept a pass by VooDoo quarterback Kurt Rocco, before trying to tackle him.
“In the process of me trying to make the play, I don’t know what happened,” he said. “I remember getting hit.”
Breland was hit from behind and knocked unconscious.
He’s had a concussion before — in college at Jackson State — but this experience has forced him to re-evaluate his future.
Not that Breland wasn’t planning for his future. Before the injury, he expected this to be his last season of football.
Last week, he earned his masters in sports management at Jackson State. He also splits his time managing rental properties, a family business, coaching on lower levels and working on his plans to one day operate a sports agency.
Breland has not worked out for the VooDoo (1-5) since his injury, and is not expected to play Saturday against the Philadelphia Soul (3-4) at the Smoothie King Center.
“I’ve had a lot on my mind,” he said. “Trying to focus, staying prayed up. Talking to my parents, talking to my close circle (of friends).
“Trying to make the right decision.”
Without Breland, the VooDoo offense has further slumped, ranking 13th out of 14 Arena League teams in scoring (40 points per game).
Meanwhile, Philadelphia quarterback Dan Raudabaugh ranks sixth overall in passing (1,774 yards 36 touchdowns) and teammate Derrick Ross leads the league in rushing (206 yards, 14 TDs). Ross is 21 yards shy of becoming the first player in league history to record 2,000 career rushing yards.
New Orleans enters the game well-rested following a bye in Week 8 and looks to snap a five-game losing streak against the Soul that dates to 2005.
The VooDoo, coming off a bye week, is trying to end a five-game losing streak this season.
Philadelphia is coming off a 57-65 divisional loss to Pittsburgh.