Lang Campbell, apparently recovered from a sprained ankle, looks like he’s back as the Rattlers’ starting quarterback.

Campbell appeared to move well during Wednesday’s practice as the Rattlers (2-3) returned after their bye week. They visit Tampa Bay Sunday then return to Arizona for two home games.

“If he’s healthy, he’ll be our quarterback,” coach Kevin Guy said. “We’ll see how he feels.”

Campbell threw for eight touchdowns in the team’s season-opening road win at Utah, then suffered the injury in the team’s second game, a home loss to Los Angeles.

Filling in since had been Jeff Smoker. Guy said Smoker had played well until the Rattlers’ last game, a loss at Chicago, where “I felt they got away with some late hits. I think it affected the way we played (at quarterback.)

“I don’t care who is playing quarterback. That’s going to affect them.”

Arena league officials are “definitely...aware of it, looking at it and trying to address it,” Guy said.


The Rattlers spent their bye week resting and healing, and getting some voluntary work in as well.

“A lot of guys stayed here and did some conditioning,” Guy said, while quarterbacks and receivers worked on their timing.

“We call it active rest. We were resting, but a couple days we got a little work in.”

Coaches spent the week evaluating the team’s play so far with an eye toward cleaning up mistakes, he said.


The Rattlers need to “get more production” out of receiver Trandon Harvey, Guy said.

“Part of that is we need to get him on the field more,” Guy said.

He indicated Harvey and Siaha Burley could play together on offense. Burley caught four touchdown passes vs. Chicago.

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