2023 Preview of the National Arena League Playoffs

ATLANTA, GA – The National Arena League kickoffs it’s 2023 Playoffs games tonight after the conclusion of it’s 2023 regular season. The #1 ranked Jacksonville Sharks, #2 Carolina Cobras, #3 San Antonio Gunslinger, #4 Orlando Predators each have earned their spots in this weekend’s playoffs with the 10-3 Sharks hosting the 4-8 Orlando Predators in Jacksonville, FL and the 10-4 Carolina Cobras hosting the 8-4 San Antonio Gunslingers in Greensboro, NC. The winners of these two matches will advance to the 2023 National Arena League Championship. Both games are scheduled to kickoff at 7pm (EST) on Saturday August 5. See injury report below.


The Sharks suffered a regular season finale loss in Carolina, but the talent they reserved and the ability to come out of the game with healthy may have a major in this week's playoff game against Orlando. The Sharks will have home field advantage in what is expected to be a packed Shark Tank, it’ll be difficult to take this Sharks team down, all the cards seems to align in Jacksonville favor this year. See injury report below.

QB - Connor Blount (Out, Injury Reserve)

WR/LB - Khalil McClain (Out, Injury Reserve)

K - Marc Orozco (Out, Injury Reserve)


After a tough loss in West Texas the Predators do get to take advantage of still advancing to the playoffs. This weeks trip for the Predators will be much shorter but the opponent may prove to be much tougher. This season the Predators are 1-2 against the Sharks but with new talent Orlando has gained towards the end of the season along with key pieces they have had all season long like Caleb Walls, Freddie Booth, Josh Jenkins Jacksonville will have no cupcake playoff game this year they will have to earn it or get upset by their arch in-state rival. See injury report below.

WR - Delvon Randall (Activated from Injury Reserve)

DB - Dwayne Hollis (Activated from Injury Reserve)

OL - Darius Tolbert (Questionable, Calf)

OL/DL - Jonathan MacCollister (Probable, Arm)

WR/DB - Clarence Williams (Active, Foot)

QB - Rakeem Cato (Probable, Head)

DB - Brandon Fuentes (Probable, Toe)


After a big win against the Jacksonville Sharks, the Cobras use that momentum and enter the NAL playoffs against a familiar foe. The Cobras have faced the Gunslingers three times this season. Currently 2-1 in the matchup the Cobras look to stay in favor and will do so with a lot of healthy star talent including a quarterback Malik Henry who had a arena career high season, defensive back Kenny Veal, a team leader in interceptions, and the Carolina sack exchange between Micah Robinson and Sha’Haun Williams combining for 19.5 sacks this year, the dynamic pass rushing duo will get to see playoff action this Saturday in hopes of starring in a NAL Championship. See full injury report below.

OL/DL - Jared Aiken (Out, Short-Term Injury Reserve)

WR/LB - Jalen Rima (Out, Foot)

WR - Nyqwan Murray (Active, Sick)


After a tremendous start of the season the Gunslingers didn’t finish in the top 2, however it’s a “win your in” scenario for this fast paced Texas team. If Coach Shaw and the Gunslingers can manage a win tonight they will enter next week as one of the final two teams competing for a National Arena League title. The fans in South Texas want it, the players want it, the staff & coaches want it. But can the Gunslingers pull it off? We will see tonight.

San Antonio has no injuries to report.

Both games can be watched live online tonight on or by going to the NAL’s YouTube channel.


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