It appears Soul quarterback Tony Graziani can't catch a break.
Graziani, who has been hampered by injuries all season, made his anticipated return Saturday against division rival Dallas in a game that would put the Soul in prime position for homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. It also meant a possible series sweep for Philly.
The Soul accomplished both with a 71-64 road win, but not before Graziani was sidelined yet again after suffering a concussion in the first half.
Graziani (8-for-12) was on a roll, throwing three touchdown strikes to wideout Chris Jackson - who finished with six. Backup Matt D'Orazio (19-for-23, 183 yards) picked up where his injured colleague left off, completing five touchdown passes and scoring on a 6-yard scamper.
"Matt came in and played exceptionally well," Soul coach Bret Munsey said. "He didn't have a lot of snaps with the first team in practice this week, but he came out and stepped up when we really needed him."
Both teams are 11-3 with a pair left to play, and the Soul has to win out to gain homefield for the playoffs. The Soul hosts Cleveland (8-6) Saturday at the Wachovia Spectrum before the regular-season finale on June 22 at New York (8-6).
Graziani's status is questionable and the team might have to rely on an experienced and healthy D'Orazio to close out 2008 on top.