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Fever Changing It Up

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After their bye-week, the Tri-Cities Fever will play 11 straight games (Photo: KNDU / SWX) After their bye-week, the Tri-Cities Fever will play 11 straight games (Photo: KNDU / SWX)

KENNEWICK, Wash. -- The Tri-Cities Fever shook up its roster Thursday, adding five new players, some of which could play as early as Saturday night against the Fairbanks Grizzlies at Toyota Center.

The Fever added two wide receivers, a linebacker, an offensive lineman and a running back, all moves that coach Adam Shackleford said should improve his team.

"I think these guys will make us better," said Shackleford of his 0-3 football team. "We are trying to improve our overall roster and I think we did that by signing these guys."

Three of the five players were recently released from Arena Football League rosters and one played in the AFL in 2008.

The Fever signed offensive lineman Jason Donnal (6-foot-5, 335 pounds) who was recently released by the Cleveland Gladiators of the AFL. The team also signed receivers Tim Simmons (6-1, 200), who was released from the Utah Blaze of the AFL and Joey Hewlen, who was recently released from the Spokane Shock.

The Fever also added linebacker Chris Hunsaker (6-2, 245), who played for the Columbus Destroyers of the AFL in 2008 and rookie running back Antoine Rutherford from Howard University.

To make room on the 30-man roster the Fever released running backs Mike Davis, Demetrius Crawford and George Strippling, receiver Isaiah Smith and linebacker Cyrus Mulitalo.

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