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Baker injury severe; Fever turn to rookie Drafts

KENNEWICK, Wash. - As Fever QB Brian Baker prepares for painful surgery, the team prepares for a playoff run without their star player. The injury he suffered Saturday in the loss at Everett is very severe. The second quarter-hit caused a torn left MCL, a possible torn left ACL, and a broken left tibia, the same leg he broke in college.

After an outstanding season, he was poised to make the jump from the AF2 to the higher-paying AFL, but the injury puts that in doubt. Insiders say that despite leading the league with 92 TD passes, he'll have to prove he's healthy for another year.

The team, meanwhile, will be hard-pressed without their 6-5 gunslinger. They have to win Saturday's regular-season finale against Boise to clinch a playoff spot. Backup QB Collin Drafts will start the game. The rookie from Charleston Southern has not appeared in a game all season, but the coaches have confidence in him. If the Fever lose Saturday night they can still make the playoffs, provided they lose by less than thirteen points. If Boise wins the game, then Boise would make it, and the Fever would miss out. Kickoff is a 7 p.m. at the Toyota Center and will not be televised.