Locked out, another player makes the jump to Arena ball
Another NFL player is making the jump to the indoor game.
At least until the lockout is over.
Fabrizio Scaccia is not a well known player, but he does have an opportunity to challenge Joe Nedney for the kicking duties in San Francisco this season. Until the 49ers are ready to get back to business, Scaccia will get his kicks with the Arizona Rattlers in the Arena Football League.
According to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area, Scaccia is the fourth player from the NFL to make the move to Arena ball, at least on a temporary basis. Scaccia finished last season on the practice squad of the 49ers and was signed to a reserve/futures contract, a contract that is binding but does not take effect until the first day of the new league year.
Wide receivers Troy Bergeron (Cowboys) and Rod Windsor (Browns) and offensive lineman Cliff Louis (Cardinals) are also playing Arena ball. Bergeron has been tearing it up for the Cleveland Gladiators.
Scaccia previously played for the Rattlers and he also played in the UFL last season, tying a league record with a 54-yard field goal. Per the report, Scaccia once hit a 68-yard field goal in a 2009 Florida minor league game. We’ll see what kind of chance he eventually gets to unseat the 38-year-old Nedney. Until then, he can hone his game and pick up a little money along the way.
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