When the Berlin Thunder and Rhein Fire square off this weekend in World Bowl X, the NFL Europe championship game and single post-season match, the field will see five starters allocated by the Saints.
The World Bowl airs nationally on FOX, this Saturday, June 22, starting at 11:00am CST. The game will be played at the Rheinstadion in Dusseldorf, Germany, at 6:00pm local time.
WR Jimmy Robinson and WR Onome Ojo are expected to start for the Fire in their offense's three-receiver set. LB Jonathan Jackson is expected to start at middle linebacker for the Berlin Thunder, and Dirk Johnson will handle the punting duties for the Fire.
A fifth starter, defensive back Tim Carter of the Berlin Thunder, was placed on injured reserve with a bicep injury after Week 9 and missed this past week. The severity of the injury is not known at this time. Carter joins RB James Fenderson (Rhein) and DE Jermaine Miles (Amsterdam) as Saints allocations on injured reserve. Fenderson missed the entire season with a knee injury while Miles missed the last half of the season with an ankle injury.
In Week 10's World Bowl-berth clinching victory, LB Jonathan Jackson started a middle linebacker for the Berlin Thunder, collecting six tackles (four solo) and a sack for a loss of eight yards.
For the Rhein Fire, Jimmy Robinson was held to two catches for 15 yards and Onome Ojo was limited to one catch for five yards. The Amsterdam Admirals held the Fire to 10 points and 157 passing yards, and Rhein scored their only touchdown on a kickoff return. Also for the Fire, P Dirk Johnson booted the ball nine times for a 41.9 yard average, including one touchback, four downed inside the opponents' 20-yard line and a long of 53 yards.
G Jeff Chase saw some action as a reserve for the Frankfurt Galaxy.