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Jedrick Wills Jr. downgraded to out, won’t play vs. Chargers

An injured left ankle will keep left tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. from playing Sunday against the Chargers in Los Angeles.

Wills was downgraded to out Saturday. He didn’t practice all week and had been listed as questionable Friday.

Wills, the No. 10 pick in 2020, was injured in the opener at Kansas City but started the next three games. He aggravated the injury at least twice and was unable to play every snap in any of the games.

Coach Kevin Stefanski wouldn’t say Friday who would replace Wills if he couldn’t play. Rookie fourth-round pick James Hudson III and Blake Hance are the options, and each has filled in for Wills this season.

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Veteran Chris Hubbard opened the year as the top backup but injured a triceps in the opener while filling in for Wills. Hubbard hasn’t played since, was ruled out for Sunday and is expected to have season-ending surgery.

Hudson saw his first action on offense last week when he filled in for Wills for 21 snaps in the win over the Vikings.

“He got a little work, which I thought was really positive,” line coach Bill Callahan said. “Any time a young guy can get on the field I think it’s invaluable. Hopefully he learned from that experience and he can build on it as well. That’s our plan for him.”

Hance is listed as a guard, but Callahan appreciates his flexibility.

“He’s an interesting guy. He’s smart, he’s dependable, he can play across the board and not many players can do that,” Callahan said. “He gives us flexibility across the board, which is a real positive for us.”

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