ATLANTA, GA – The National Arena League will host its last regular season games of the 2023 season with the NAL playoffs around the corner. This weekend, both the Carolina Cobras (9-4) and the West Texas Warbirds (2-11) will play their final regular season home games. The San Antonio Gunslingers (8-4) will enjoy a bye week before entering the 2023 NAL Playoffs. This season, the #1 Jacksonville Sharks (10-2), #2 Carolina Cobras (9-4), #3 San Antonio Gunslingers (8-4), and the #4 Orlando Predators (4-7) will each play in the 2023 NAL Playoffs with the two winners advancing to the 2023 NAL Championship game, hosted by the highest seed. Before we enter the postseason, take a look at the injury report below for tonight’s games.
#3 CAROLINA COBRAS (9-4)
The Snake Pit will be loud as their Cobras have had a phenomenal season with only one game left in the regular season, Carolina has managed nine wins this year including five wins at home. Cobra Nation looks to support their team as they take on their toughest opponent the Jacksonville Sharks. Tonight's game between the Sharks and Cobras could be a Championship preview as the two teams did play against each other in the 2019 NAL Championship. See injury report below.
OL/DL - Jared Aiken (Out, Short-Term Injury Reserve)
OL - Josh Fields (Questionable, Knee)
WR/LB - Jalen Rima (Out, Foot)
WR - Nyqwan Murray (Questionable, Sick)
#1 JACKSONVILLE SHARKS (9-2)
In their best season since 2019, the Jacksonville Sharks looked to be poised for a great post-season run as Jacksonville has clinched the #1 seed gaining home field advantage in the playoffs and if they win Jacksonville will host another championship game in the Shark Tank. To win a championship this year they will need to beat top teams like Carolina. Expect this regular season game to be a full dress rehearsal for Jacksonville’s vital postseason play.
WR/DB - Marquel Wade (Active, Returned from Injury Reserve)
QB - Connor Blount (Out, Injury Reserve)
OL/DL - Justin Carter (Active, Returned from Injury Reserve)
WR/LB - Khalil McClain (Out, Injury Reserve)
K - Marc Orozco (Out, Injury Reserve)
#5 WEST TEXAS WARBIRDS (2-11)
After a tough season the Warbirds do get to enjoy one last home game before the end of the season. Warbird nation will get one last look at the Warbirds before they prepare for 2024. From staff to players no Warbird will want to celebrate this last game with a victory which means bad news for the Orlando Predators (4-7) who do have much to lose as they cannot afford to lose anymore talent to injury. See injury report below.
West Texas has no injuries to report.
#4 ORLANDO PREDATORS (4-7)
After a tough start of the season, Orlando has made much progress with four victories and potentially the chance to gain their fifth tonight to enter the playoffs 5-7. Orlando only needs to win their playoff game to enter their first NAL Championship in team history and they have talent on their roster that has played in that big game. Orlando's eyes may be on the playoffs, Predators fans will not want to see any injuries tonight a healthy Orlando roster will give them their best chance to win a playoff game. A dogfight in West Texas will not be ideal for the playoff bound Predators. See injury report below.
DB - Dywane Hollis (Out, Short-Term Injury Reserve)
Both games can be watched live online tonight on nationalarenaleague.com or by going to the NAL’s YouTube channel.
ABOUT NATIONAL ARENA LEAGUE
The National Arena League was founded in 2016 and hosted its inaugural season in 2017 as the premier league in arena football. For more information regarding expansion opportunities or partnerships, contact Commissioner Chris Siegfried at firstname.lastname@example.org . For more information about the NAL visit www.nationalarenaleague.com, facebook.com/nationalarenaleauge, twitter.com/NALfootball, Instagram.com/nationalarenaleague