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Houston Roughnecks vs LA Wildcats injury report

Who is out or questionable for Week 1 of the new and improved XFL? We break down the Houston and LA final injury reports.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats assistant head coach June Jones on the sidelines against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Tim Hortons Field.  John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

The LA Wildcats head to Houston to take on the Roughnecks on Saturday. Below we have the official injury report for their matchup. It has a few interesting tidbits that might help us in our betting and DFSing at DraftKings.

This game has the Roughnecks favored by -6 points, as June Jones brings his Run N’ Shoot offense to Houston. The Wildcats head coach, Winston Moss and offensive coordinator Norm Chow, will travel to H-town as underdogs, looking to start the season with an upset.

The injury report looks good for the home team, as the only player with a designation is backup wide receiver Ray Bolden, who is probable. The Wildcats, on the other hand, could be without their starting quarterback Josh Johnson, who has a thigh injury and didn’t practice on Thursday. Johnson is one of the better quarterbacks in the league and even though he is listed as questionable, I would worry about his production as a runner if he does suit up. His backup on the depth chart is Charles Kanoff, but there is a chance Jalan McClendon would get the start as well. We don’t have enough information to make that call yet.

Tre McBride is listed as a backup on the depth chart and is questionable with a thigh injury himself. McBride is a burner, so a leg injury isn’t something he would be able to play through without hurting his speed.

The other questionable players for the Wildcats are all listed as backups on the Week 1 depth chart, so they should be good other than their most critical piece, Johnson. I don’t dislike Kanoff if he gets the start and I expect Moss to have his defense ready, but heading into Houston to take on that pass attack could get dicey if they can’t put up points under their backup quarterback.

Houston Roughnecks vs LA Wildcats injury report

LA Josh Johnson QB Thigh Did not participate Questionable
LA Tre McBride WR Thigh Limited participation Questionable
LA Devin Taylor DE Hip Limited participation Questionable
LA Dwayne Wallace OT Back Limited participation Questionable
HOU Ray Bolden WR Calf Limited participation Probable
HOU James Butler RB Ankle Full participation --
HOU Isame Faciane OL Ankle Full particpation --
HOU Savion Smith CB Calf Full participation --