June 9, 2002

NFL-Europe punter Dirk Johnson wrapping up great season

Saints-allocated receivers Onome Ojo and Jimmy Robinson helped the Rhein Fire clinch a birth in the NFL Europe championship game this weekend. With a record-low-scoring 3-0 victory over the Frankfurt Galaxy, the Fire guaranteed themselves a spot in the World Bowl. Ojo had three catches for 25 yards while Robinson led the team with five catches for 43 yards.

P Dirk Johnson also helped the Fire, punting ten times for a 40.0 yard average, and landed five of those punts inside the 20-yard line. Johnson placed a 54-yard punt in the third quarter on the Galaxy's five-yard line, where the returner was tackled after a three-yard gain. Johnson is wrapping up a tremendous NFL-E season and is ready for training camp where he will be competing with incumbent Saints starter Toby Gowin.

DE Jermaine Miles continued to miss time with the Amsterdam Admirals. Miles missed his third start in a row with an ankle injury.

Saints-allocated LB Jonathan Jackson started for the Berlin Thunder at middle linebacker on Sunday, collecting seven tackles, five solo, and another tackle on special teams. The versatile Jackson has started at middle linebacker for two weeks now after playing most of the season at strongside linebacker.

Tim Carter started at free safety for the Thunder and was in on one special teams sack. The Thunder stayed alive in the World Bowl hunt with a 24-23 victory over the Scottish Claymores.

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