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Northwestern in the XFL, Week 5: Bad news

It was an unfortunate week in terms of health for the Pro ‘Cats, but that didn’t stop some from excelling on the field.

Seattle Dragons v Houston Roughnecks Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

The NFL is beyond us, but football isn’t. Thanks to the XFL, there are more ‘Cats to monitor in the world of professional football through the end of winter and beginning of spring, and we’ll be tracking them each week.

This week took a toll on the ‘Cats as both Godwin Igwebuike and Kyle Queiro went down with injuries and did not return to the field, but it wasn’t all about injuries for NU alumni.

Flynn Nagel - WR, Dallas Renegades

Nagel continues to impress as he built upon his last two outings with another solid performance. He led the Renegades with nine targets and seven catches for 46 yards in a loss. Throughout the season, Nagel has battled through inconsistent quarterback play and an injury to the starter as well. As a result, the Renegades’ offense has been sputtering and they have fallen to 2-3 on the season, but that certainly isn’t the fault of the ex-NU standout.

Hunter Niswander - P, DC Defenders

Another week, another impressive outing for Niswander as he had a punt for 43 yards and hammered another one for 51 yards. After a two game skid for the Defenders, they were able to beat the St. Louis Battlehawks and Niswander’s ability to flip the field made a major impact.

Godwin Igwebuike - S, Seattle Dragons

Igwebuike was able to record one tackle, but the story was his scary injury that he sustained in the second quarter. It was good to see him walk off the field on his own, and it seems as though he avoided a more devastating moment.

Kyle Queiro - LB, Seattle Dragons

After playing well throughout the game, Queiro’s season came to an abrupt end as he broke his collarbone and was placed on the IR today. After such a good stretch, it’s incredibly unfortunate for the playmaker’s season to end like this. Queiro was not pleased with the play that led to his injury, and he let that be known on Twitter.

Jordan Thompson - DT, Seattle Dragons

Thompson regressed a bit from his performance last week as he recorded two tackles and the Dragons fell to the Roughnecks 32-23. This tough season has just been getting worse and worse for the Dragons as they drop to 1-4, but hopefully Thompson can prove himself on his own.


Next week’s slate

LA Wildcats at Seattle Dragons (Queiro, Thompson, Igwebuike) — March 15, 7 on ESPN2

Dallas Renegades (Nagel) at DC Defenders (Niswander) — March 15, 4 on FS1