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Tri-Cities Fever Trade Quarterback Ryan Porter

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RICHLAND, Wash - Ryan Porter wasn't sporting a red jersey in practice today for the Fever.  That's because Tri-Cities head coach Cedric Walker traded him over the weekend in favor of Jason Campbell.

Campbell started this year with the Boise Burn but he played for coach Walker last year with the Everett Hawks.  Campbell played in 15 games last season, passing for 3,663 yards and 84 touchdowns.

Coach Walker says he was not really impressed with the way Porter was performing in the pre-season this year.  "He wasn't great but he wasn't bad either," says Walker.  "But I've been watching film of Campbell in this pre-season and he's doing extremely well."

Campbell will play for the Fever in this Friday's season opener against Stockton but he will not start.  John Pierce, the original backup for Porter, will start under center for Tri-Cities.

Walker traded Porter, kicker Robbie Smith and their international player to get Campbell.

Another important game note is that it looks like star wide receiver J.R. Thomas will not be playing this Friday.  Thomas is suffering from an ankle injury and will most likely be having an M.R.I. this week to try and figure out what's wrong.  Also, most of the team is currently under the weather.  A touch of the flu has hit about half the team.