Week 2 Injury Report
A Full Weekend of NAL Games Are Coming
ATLANTA – The National Arena League enters week two of its 2023 season. This week we have games all weekend long with the (1-0) San Antonio Gunslingers taking on the (1-0) Jacksonville Sharks at the Vystar Memorial Arena (7:00pm) in Jacksonville, FL on Saturday. Sunday we have afternoon kickoffs between the (0-1) Orlando Predators versus the defending NAL Champion Albany Empire (0-0) at the MVP Arena in Albany, NY with kickoff 2:30pm. The Carolina Cobras (0-1) will host their first home game against the West Texas Warbirds (0-1) in the Greensboro Coliseum Complex in Greensboro, NC at 3:00pm. The 1-0 Fayetteville Mustangs will enjoy a bye week after their big victory in Orlando.
All three games can be watched online at the NAL YouTube Channel or simply visit the league website at nationalarenaleague.com where you can find our games listed on our home page.
West Texas Warbirds (0-1)
This will be the Warbirds first away game in the NAL and it may be refreshing to travel after their home loss as they head to Carolina to face a Carolina Cobras team who was defeated by the San Antonio Gunslingers in a nail biting 41-40 loss in Texas. The Warbirds look to bounce back to get their first win in the NAL and improve their record to 1-1. They will have to do so without a key FB/DL, see injury report below.
FB/DL - Francis Tusa (Out, Placed on Short-Term Injury Reserve)
Carolina Cobras (0-1)
Week 1 was not the start the Cobras wanted but they put up a heck of a fight against the bolstering talent in San Antonio showcased in their home opener. The Cobras however, only lost by one point, the Cobras will have home-field advantage this week which may tip the scale in their favor. Also having capitan FB/LB Zack Brown back and a healthy offense that lit up 22 points in the 3rd quarter last week will almost all be returning in week 2 to help the Cobras attempt to secure Coach Fuller’s first win as head coach and get Carolina to a .500 record. See Cobras injury report below.
WR - Allen Fails Jr., Ankle (Probable)
DL/FB - Kevin Voyles, Hand (Probable)
WR/DB - Miles Kelly, Elbow (Out)
San Antonio Gunslingers (1-0)
The Gunslingers were one of the more exciting teams going into the 2023 after a great turn around of their 2022 inaugural season. Kicking off the season at home the “slingers” put on quite a show for their fans with a thrilling 41-40 victory. Hitting the road in week two, it’ll be interesting to see how Coach Shaw and the Gunslingers fair in the Shark Tank. Coach Shaw reported two injuries this week for San Antonio.
WR/DB - Darius Banks, Foot (Out)
WR/DB - Brian Robinson, Leg (Questionable)
Jacksonville Sharks (1-0)
Gaining his first victory as head coach of the Sharks, Coach Gibson and his impressive defense look to put on quite a home opener in front of Shark Nation at Vystar Memorial Arena as the 2023 Sharks debut their home opener this Saturday. The Sharks have no injuries to report but did have an impressive victory against West Texas now they look to take on the team from South Texas for a real shoot out in Jacksonville. The last time these two teams faced off the Gunslingers took down the Sharks in San Antonio but at home, the Sharks clobbered the Gunslingers in 2022. Only time will tell for this 2023 matchup.
Orlando Predators (0-1)
Despite the most impressive week 1 fan turnout in Orlando the party seems to be dying down and the road ahead looks rough for the 0-1 Predators. Even with the revamped coaching staff and the naming of the legend Herky Walls as the new head coach very familiar issues seems to haunt Orlando even in 2023. The Predators after steep loss in week 1 now have to take on the defending NAL champions with a roughed up week 2 roster as Orlando had the most injuries to report this week including star receiver Clarence Williams.
OL/DL - Rashaad Miller, Ankle (Probable)
OL/DL - Jeremiah Zene, Back (Out)
OL - Darius Tolbert, Back (Probable)
WR/DB - Clarence Williams, Head (Out)
WR - Lonnie Outlaw, Ankle (Questionable)
DB - Delvon Randall, Leg (Questionable)
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