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LA Wildcats QB Josh Johnson a game-time decision in Week 1 with thigh injury

We give you an injury update on LA Wildcats QB Josh Johnson for Week 1 of the XFL.

Quarterback Josh Johnson #4 of the Detroit Lions carries the ball in the third quarter of a preseason game against the Cleveland Browns on August 29, 2019 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Johnson scored on the play. Cleveland won 20-16. Photo by: 2019 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images via Getty Images

UPDATE: The Wildcats released their first practice participation report, and they are listing it as a thigh injury.

LA Wildcats quarterback Josh Johnson is dealing with an unknown injury, but is reportedly a game-time decision according to Ryan Dyrud of LAFB. Johnson is a journeyman NFL backup quarterback and likely a Top-3 quarterback in the XFL. Under coach Winston Moss and offensive coordinator Norm Chow, the Wildcats might not be a high-flying pass-oriented team, but Johnson’s ability to run should keep him as a top DraftKings DFS play when healthy.

If Johnson can’t go, Charles Kanoff would likely get the start. Kanoff has been on the practice squad of the Buccaneers, Lions and Cardinals. Kanoff played at Princeton, completing a big 73 percent of his passes for 3,474 yards for 29 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 10 starts. He also had a lofty 9 yards per attempt. We’ll have to see him play, but reports are that he did look good in their last scrimmage.

The Wildcats could be the slowest paced team and if Johnson doesn’t play, as Chow could end up running the ball with Elijah Hood more than they planned. Hood has some appeal in DFS, but I’d likely stay away from the passing game until we know more about their offense.