Salina Liberty starting quarterback Joshua Floyd, Jr. will miss the remainder of the 2017 season.
Floyd confirmed on social media Thursday evening that he had torn the ACL and MCL ligaments as well as the meniscus in his knee. The injury occurred during the Liberty’s 87-42 loss at Dodge City last Saturday. Floyd missed one series after suffering the injury and returned to finish the game.
A spokesman for the Liberty said Thursday that Floyd will be replaced by quarterback Brandon Steed.
Steed, who played collegiately at Bethel University in Newton, started the 2017 season with Kansas City Phantoms, but did not play. In 2016, Steed played for the Omaha Beef. In four games with Omaha, Steed completed 33 of 52 passes for 436 yards, 10 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions. He also gained 104 rushing yards on 30 attempts and had one rushing touchdown. Steed also spent time on the Wichita Force roster early in the 2016 season.
As a senior at Bethel, Steed recorded 2,249 total offensive yards including 1,843 passing for 14 touchdowns and 406 rushing with six touchdowns.
Also on Thursday, the Liberty confirmed that offensive lineman Kyle McManus has been placed on the injured reserve list. McManus suffered a season ending hand injury also during last week’s loss to Dodge City.
Salina will take on the Wichita Force this Saturday at the Tony’s Pizza Events Center. Kickoff is set for 6:35 p.m.