The Tri-Cities Fever, getting ready for a big Indoor Football League showdown against the Sioux Falls Storm on Saturday night at Toyota Center, added another familiar face to the roster Wednesday.
Linebacker/defensive lineman Fred Harris, dropped last week by the Arena Football League’s Spokane Shock, was signed by Fever coach Adam Shackleford.“I literally picked him up this week,” said Shackleford. “I drove up to Spokane myself and picked him up.”
Harris was a defensive standout last season for the Fever, and he helped the team make it to the IFL championship, against Sioux Falls. The Storm won 37-10.
After the season, Harris was signed by the Shock and he played four games this season.
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So he was disappointed when Spokane released him last week.
“I was there since Day 1 (this season), and here it is Week 11,” Harris said. “It was a shocker, and I’m disappointed. They told me it was like any other league — it’s a numbers game.”
And Harris was the odd man out in Spokane.
As soon as Shackleford saw the waiver wire, he called Harris.
“He’s in very good shape,” Shackleford said. “I thought he was our best special teams guy last season. He’s a good team guy. A good locker room guy. He’s going to be a great locker room presence.”
For Harris, it was a no-brainer coming back to Tri-Cities.
“I was with Shack last year,” Harris said. “I have a good memory of how his system works. It was an easy decision.”
Expect him to play some linebacker and on the defensive line.
Notes: To make room for Harris, the Fever released defensive lineman Vaalyn Jackson. ... The Storm is expected to arrive in the Tri-Cities on Friday night around 11 p.m. ... Fever owner Teri Carr said ticket sales for Saturday night’s game (kickoff 7:05 p.m.) is at 2,626. That projects out to 4,000 with expected walkup. ... Former Fever kicker Gary Cismesia was named the league’s special teams player of the week. Cismesia had three field goals and was 7-for-8 on extra point kicks while playing for Omaha in a 64-44 win over the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks. ... Wichita is the new fourth seed in the Intense Conference standings. If the season ended today, the Fever would host Wichita in its playoff opener.