Houston Roughnecks Jarrett Guarantano & Kirk Merritt Down With Injury

Roughnecks’ Jarrett Guarantano & Kirk Merritt Down With Injury

It’s been a rough weekend for the Houston Roughnecks. The team lost in heartbreaking fashion to the DC Defenders, and we have now learned that both QB Jarrett Guarantano and WR Kirk Merritt will be missing some time with injuries.

QB Jarrett Guarantano

This one is a tough pill to swallow for Head Coach Curtis Johnson. Starting QB Jarrett Guarantano will be missing at least a month with a rib injury. He went down early in the second quarter against the Defenders, and was unable to return.

Guarantano started the last two games for Houston. Coach Johnson spoke highly of what he accomplished in camp, having earned the gig about a week before the UFL season started. While they lost in week one, Jarrett’s completion percentage was pretty solid, and he was showing signs of growth against DC prior to the injury.

Now, Reid Sinnett will likely be taking over as QB1, at least for now. He came into the game for Guarantano and performed quite well, throwing for 221 yards and a touchdown. Sinnett was acquired off of waivers from the San Antonio Brahmas before training camp began.

It has yet to be determined if Jarrett will be placed on IR. The Injured Reserve list would make him miss a minimum of five weeks. Also, the Roughnecks might look to sign another QB3 in the meantime while Guarantano recovers. Keep an eye on names like Kenji Bahar, Drew Plitt, Jalen Morton, and Kyle Sloter.

WR Kirk Merritt

Thankfully, Kirk Merritt’s injury isn’t as bad as what we imagined at first. With the cart coming out for him on the field, it seemed to be pretty severe.

While a dislocated wrist is far from ideal, it’s good to know that he didn’t suffer a break. That said, the recovery time for an injury like this is usually around two months, meaning that Merritt is likely done for the year.

Kirk was doing a bit of everything for the Roughnecks. Through two games he had nine receptions for 112 yards. Merritt was also utilized as a running back, seeing three carries for four yards. Now, the Roughnecks will need someone else to step up in his place. Hopefully, they’ll have Mark Thompson back in action sooner than later.

Final Thoughts

Injuries are plaguing multiple teams in the UFL right now. The San Antonio Brahmas just lost starting center Alex Mollette, and kicker Donald De La Haye Jr. to the injured reserve list.

Neither Merritt or Guarantano have been placed on IR quite yet, but one would expect that it’ll be coming sooner than later.

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