The Las Vegas Locomotives have received a big boost from the return of one of its stars from last year’s United Football League championship team.
Running back DeDe Dorsey, the Locos’ leading rusher in 2009, was one of the last cuts by the NFL’s Detroit Lions this year, and re-signed with Las Vegas on Sept. 24.
Dorsey made an immediate impact with the Locos, gaining 99 yards and 105 yards receiving on Sept. 30 in Las Vegas’ 20-17 victory over Florida, and was named the UFL’s Offensive Player of the Week.
Dorsey and the Locos (3-1) now host the Hartford Colonials (1-3) at Sam Boyd Stadium at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 23. Las Vegas, however, lost starting quarterback Tim Rattay for the season when he ruptured his Achilles’ tendon in the team’s 26-3 victory over Sacramento on Oct. 15.
Las Vegas safety Lewis Baker was named UFL Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in that game, joining linebacker Brandon Moore, end Eric Henderson and cornerback Isaiah Trufant as Locos players who already have earned the league’s weekly honor this season.