Commanders vs. Hotshots injury report for Thursday, practice photo gallery

San Antonio Commanders defensive lineman Matt Godin at practice on Thursday at Central Catholic High School as the team prepares for Sunday's meeting with the Arizona Hotshots. - photo by Joe Alexander
San Antonio Commanders defensive lineman Matt Godin at practice on Thursday at Central Catholic High School as the team prepares for Sunday’s meeting with the Arizona Hotshots. – photo by Joe Alexander
SAN ANTONIO COMMANDERS

Pos Player Injury Wed. Participation Thurs. Participation
DL Winston Craig Ankle DNP DNP
DL Matt Godin Head DNP LP
TE Cole Hunt Lower Leg DNP DNP

ARIZONA HOTSHOTS

Pos Player Injury Wed. Participation Thurs. Participation
WR Josh Huff Knee DNP DNP
OL Patrick Lewis Knee LP LP
OL Brant Weiss Ankle LP LP
WR Richard Mullaney Knee LP LP
LB Steven Johnson Hamstring LP LP
DB Shaq Richardson Knee LP LP
OL Andrew Lauderdale Back — LP

Limited Participation (LP)=less than 100% of a player’s normal reps
Did Not Participate in Practice (DNP)

Daryl Johnston, Kenneth Farrow II on Commander’s run game

San Antonio Commanders general manager Daryl Johnston watches Thursday's practice at Central Catholic High School. - photo by Joe Alexander
San Antonio Commanders general manager Daryl Johnston watches Thursday’s practice at Central Catholic High School. – photo by Joe Alexander
The San Antonio Commanders have been able to control the clock at times this season with their running game.

In Sunday’s victory over the Birmingham Iron, Kenneth Farrow II had the dominant performance in the game by carrying the ball for a league-record 142 yards.

The game gave the team the sense that their combination of an offensive line that is coming together is meshing with the running back crew of Farrow, Trey Williams, David Cobb and Aaron Green.

“The good thing about it is we’ve got a room full of running backs who can kind of make that happen at any time,” Farrow said. “Like last week, Trey (Williams) went off for 75 yards on a few carries. It’s kind of whoever has got the hot hand. Hopefully we can get a game where we’re all feeling it and we’re all busting it.”

Commanders general manager Daryl Johnston emphasized multiple benefits of the strong running game. The most obvious is to move the ball and dominate time of possession. The other is to create space and opportunities to hit passes for big gains.

“That methodical approach in the run game, that now you start to pull up a defense and you can get over the top,” Johnston said. “That’s what we’ve got to add this week. When people watch the film and see that we’re very competitive against Birmingham in the run game, a defense that’s pretty stingy, now if we can start to get more players added down into that box, we can start to get some favorable matchups on the outside. That’s what I hope the run game does.

“If people start to see that balance that we have, we should be able to pre-snap, be able to determine, because we’re going to the play at the line of scrimmage with multiple options in a run-pass situation that we’ll be able to choose the one best for that situation.”

For Farrow, who was slowed by injuries at the beginning of his pro career, there were no complaints about the workload after having 30 carries against the Iron.

“We got the win. That’s all that matters,” Farrow said. “It was fun getting in a rhythm and seeing the O Line have a good game like they did. It was definitely a fun day.”

Kenneth Farrow II finally healthy –
Greg Luca’s story in the Express-News:

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Commanders vs. Hotshots injury report for Wednesday

San Antonio Commanders helmet from image released by the AAF @theAAF on Twitter.From a Commanders news release:

SAN ANTONIO COMMANDERS

Pos Player Injury Wed. Participation
DL Winston Craig Ankle DNP
DL Matt Godin Head DNP
TE Cole Hunt Lower Leg DNP

ARIZONA HOTSHOTS

Pos Player Injury Wed. Participation
WR Josh Huff Knee DNP
OL Patrick Lewis Knee LP
OL Brant Weiss Ankle LP
WR Richard Mullaney Knee LP
LB Steven Johnson Hamstring LP
DB Shaq Richardson Knee LP

Limited Participation (LP)=less than 100% of a player’s normal reps
Did Not Participate in Practice (DNP)

AAF Week 2: Hotshots, Iron stay undefeated; Fleet get first win

The Birmingham Iron and Arizona Hotshots, winners in the opening week of AAF action, both won close games over the weekend.

The Hotshots went scoreless in the first half before coming back to beat the Memphis Express 20-18. Arizona quarterback John Wolford completed 14-of-22 passes for 194 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. The Hotshots also used three running backs to pile up 209 yards rushing.

The Iron came from behind in the second half to beat the Salt Lake Stallions 12-9. The Iron, who shut out Memphis in the season opener, blanked the Stallions in the second half in Week 2.

The San Diego Fleet, who lost to the Commanders in their opener in San Antonio, got 104 yards and two touchdowns rushing from Ja’Quan Gardner to beat the Atlanta Legends 24-12.

Videos from Twitter official accounts:
@aafhotshots
@aafiron
@aaffleet

Orlando, Birmingham, Arizona win AAF season openers

While San Antonio’s eyes were on the Commanders on Saturday night at the Alamodome, three other teams won their AAF season openers this weekend.

The Arizona Hotshots beat the Salt Lake Stallions 38-22 in the highest scoring game of the weekend. The Hotshots, coached by former San Antonio Gunslingers quarterback Rick Neuheisel, got 275 passing yards and four touchdowns from former Wake Forest quarterback John Wolford.

The Orlando Apollos were the highest scoring team of Week 1, pounding the Atlanta Legends 40-6. The Apollos are led by venerable college coach Steve Spurrier. Orlando’s Garrett Gilbert, a former Texas and SMU quarterback, passed for 227 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.

The Birmingham Iron recorded the only shutout of the weekend with a 26-0 victory over the Memphis Express. Birmingham quarterback Luis Perez was originally assigned to the Commanders before being picked by the Iron in the AAF’s protect-or-pick draft. Perez passed for 252 yards. The Iron held the Express to 202 total yards.

Images from Twitter courtesy of:
@aafhotshots
@aafapollos
@aafiron