Donovan Morgan Returns to Philadelphia Soul

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The Captain is back in Philadelphia. Wide receiver Donovan Morgan has been activated from Injured Reserve by the Philadelphia Soul after a seven-week absence and will return to Arena Football League action in Week 12.

"We're excited to have Donovan back on the field," said Soul head coach Doug Plank through a press release. "Whenever you get a starter returning to the lineup, it gives the team a boost. Donovan brings a physical and emotional presence that's so valuable to a team."

Morgan, 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds out of Pearl City Community College, broke his wrist in the team's home opener on April 1 against the Cleveland Gladiators and has missed the last seven weeks of the season as a result. He will return, coincidentally, in time to face the Gladiators again on May 27--this time, in Cleveland.

In the first three games of the season, Morgan secured 23 receptions for 213 yards and 8 touchdowns. He also ran the ball six times for a total of 47 yards.

Morgan has seen NFL action with the New York Jets, the Houston Texans, the Kansas City Chiefs, and the Buffalo Bills. He also played for the Tulsa Talons during their af2 days in 2005, earning the league's Rookie of the Year honors. During that year, he set the af2's single-season records for points scored (346), receiving touchdowns (54), and total touchdowns (57).

Since entering the Arena Football League in 2008 with the Chicago Rush, Morgan hasn't skipped a beat as a serious offensive weapon. In his rookie season, he caught 111 passes for 1,281 yards and 24 touchdowns. Additionally, he rushed for 36 yards and an additional score, culminating the season with All-Rookie Team and Rookie of the Year honors in the AFL.

He returned to the Talons in 2009 after they entered the AFL and finished the season with 123 receptions for 1,707 yards and a league-leading 52 touchdowns. He was named first team All-Arena.

He followed that effort up with 121 receptions for 1,959 yards and 37 scores in 2011 with the Soul in 2011, earning second team All-Arena accolades.

The timing of his return is perfect for the Soul (7-3), who have dropped two of their last three games, including last week's 65-47 loss to the Spokane Shock. Philadelphia has scored 56 and 47 points in its last two games--its two lowest point totals of the season. Having "Captain Morgan" back bodes well for the Soul as they try to avenge their first loss of the season.

The Soul and the Gladiators take the field on Sunday, May 27, at 4 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on Ustream.

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