The AFL’s official Twitter account announced Wednesday that Washington Valor (1-4) starting quarterback Erik Meyer has been put on injured reserve and ruled out for the team’s next matchup against the undefeated Philadelphia Soul (5-0) on May 27.
TRANSACTION ALERT 🚨 @WashingtonValor place QB Erik Meyer on IR, QB Bernard Morris on League Suspension, reactivate from IR QB Sean Brackett
— Arena Football League (@AFLarenaball) May 24, 2017
Meyer went down late in the fourth quarter of a 53-47 loss to the Tampa Bay Storm on May 20 after suffering a hamstring injury.
Meyer is one of the most prolific passers in AFL history, amassing over 13,000 career yards passing and winning the 2013 AFL MVP award. He led the team with 1,132 yards and 20 touchdowns this season.
The news comes at a terrible time as the team has already had to withstand a major injury after losing starting wideout Mike Washington when he suffered a lower leg injury in the team’s last matchup with the Soul on April 22.
The team is now 0-4 in Washington’s absence.
Saturday, the group will have to rely on recently activated quarterback Sean Brackett to stop the slide. Brackett has two years of AFL experience, most notably, his 2015 stint with the Las Vegas Outlaws where he threw for 1,109 yards and 22 touchdowns in eight games.
Brackett will try to accomplish something Meyer couldn’t when he leads the team onto the Verizon Center turf at 1 p.m. on Saturday: beat the defending champs.