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Chargers Daily Links: Bolts won’t have to face Julio Jones on Sunday

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In the way of a nice break for the Chargers, the defense won’t have to worry about facing one of the Falcons’ best players on Sunday. On Friday morning, Atlanta head coach Raheem Morris told reporters that wide receiver Julio Jones will be held out of this week’s matchup while he continues to recover from a hamstring injury.

With Jones out, that leaves Calvin Ridley as the lone notable threat in that passing game. They have a few other receivers who are serviceable, but Jones being out is a big deal for this secondary that has struggled to defend the deep ball at time.

Casey Hayward was upgraded from a limited participant to full on Thursday which means the secondary could be the healthiest they’ve been all season ahead of this contest.

Now for today’s links.

Chargers News:

Gavino Borquez believes this is a good week for the Chargers offense to get back on track (Chargers Wire)

Jason Reed ranks the Chargers’ draft needs (Bolt Beat)

Chris Hayre brings you the latest edition of “10 Insights” (Chargers.com)

Thursday’s injury report (Chargers.com)

NFL News:

Dez Bryant was placed on the reserve-COVID-19 list but has tested negative (ESPN)

Bill Barnwell highlights six AFC teams vying for a playoff spot (ESPN)

Matt Rhule doesn’t expect CMC to play on Sunday (Pro Football Talk)

Cody Benjamin talks MVP race (CBS Sports)

Travis Kelce joined the 99 Club in Madden 21 (Bleacher Report)

Jim Irsay believes the door is closed on a potential Andrew Luck return (NFL.com)