The status of the SaberCats' Russ Michna remains in the hands of team doctors, who are following protocol after the veteran quarterback suffered concussion-like symptoms in San Jose's opening-night win over Portland on March 17.
Rookie Nate Stanley started the past two games with mixed results. He was outstanding in the SaberCats' home-opening win over Philadelphia but unable to bring the team back in a loss to Pittsburgh.
Stanley will likely start Friday's 7:30 p.m. game against Spokane at SAP Center, though coach Darren Arbet said it'll come down to a game-time decision.
Players said they feel comfortable with either quarterback.
"It's really a win-win situation," defensive back/kick returner David Hyland said. "Russ has the experience and has proved himself. Nate may be a rookie, but he's way ahead on the learning curve. He's done a great job for us. If you flipped a coin, we'd all be happy with the result."
AFL four-year veteran Kimani Jones arrived Tuesday and rookie Zach Allen arrived Wednesday.
For Hyland, it's personal. He's hosting Chad McClain, who serves in the Marines and who befriended Hyland. "It's humbling to try to get into that mindset," Hyland said. "They are the ultimate competitors, and you can't replicate that type of brotherhood they have with their fellow soldiers. Chad is exactly the kind of guy you want out there defending our country. He sets a high standard for all of us."
Also, the first 5,000 fans will receive a free rally towel.
Spokane (1-1) at SaberCats (2-1), 7:30 p.m.