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St. Louis BattleHawks at DC Defenders injury report

Who is out or questionable for Week 5 of the new and improved XFL? We break down the DC and St. Louis final injury reports.

St. Louis Battlehawks running back Matt Jones (24) celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the first quarter of the XFL game between the St. Louis BattleHawks and Houston Roughnecks on February 16, 2020 at TDECU Stadium in Houston, Texas. Photo by Leslie Plaza Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The BattleHawks take their 3-1 record and East Division lead into DC to take on the 2-2 tumbling Defenders. The BattleHawks come in as -7.5 favorites after Cardale Jones has gone completely in the tank with five interceptions in his last two games. Jordan Ta’amu, on the other hand, continues to play solid football as a passer and runner, with last week’s game being his best rated game on the season.

The BattleHawks seem to have had a virus infiltrate their ranks, as three players are listed as questionable with an illness, running back Christine Michael, cornerback Robert Nelson and cornerback Marquez White. Michael and White both were full participants on Friday, so are likely to go, while Nelson was out on Thursday. Nelson has contributed well so far this season, so his loss would be impactful.

Matt Jones continues to deal with a knee issue but also keeps on playing and had a full practice on Friday, so there’s little doubt he will play despite his questionable tag.

The Defenders could use Elijah Campbell after he missed last week, as he has graded out as their best cornerback by Pro Football Focus. He’s listed as questionable after getting limited practices in, so there is a chance.

They also have cornerbacks Doran Grant and Desmond Lawrence listed as questionable. They’ve gotten awful grades from PFF this season, but there’s no doubt the Defenders secondary isn’t super healthy.

St. Louis BattleHawks at DC Defenders injury report

STL Sherman Badie RB Knee Did not participate Out
STL Robert Nelson CB Illness Did not participate Questionable
STL Matt Jones RB Knee Full participation Questionable
STL Christine Michael RB Illness Full participation Questionable
STL Marquez White CB Illness Full participation Questionable
DC Elijah Campbell CB Abdomen Limited participation Questionable
DC Doran Grant CB Hip Limited participation Questionable
DC Desmond Lawrence DB Back Limited participation Questionable
DC De'Ondre Wesley OT Shoulder Full participation Probable