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During last year’s pandemic-stricken season, the NFL created rules for protecting players on each team’s practice squads to help mitigate the issues that may have arisen from team members testing positive and forcing clubs to play with insufficient bodies.
Those rules were upheld into this season, meaning that each team can choose to protect up to four players each week. Those four players are unable to be signed by other teams to their active rosters through the end of that week.
For week one, the Chargers chose to protect running back Darius Bradwell, defensive lineman Joe Gaziano, wide receiver Jason Moore, and cornerback Brandon Facyson. One player who wasn’t protected — cornerback John Brannon — was snatched up by the Panthers yesterday, as well.
#Chargers practice squad protections for Week 1:
RB Darius Bradwell
DL Joe Gaziano
WR Jason Moore
CB Brandon Facyson
— Daniel Popper (@danielrpopper) September 7, 2021
Now for today’s links.
Top six things we learned about Justin Herbert from his ESPN editorial (Chargers.com)
Joey Bosa and Keenan Allen discussed what they expect to face in Washington (Chargers.com)
The Bolts announced four protected players on their practice squad for week one (Chargers Wire)
Justin Herbert has been picked to be a potential MVP candidate in 2021 (Bolt Beat)
The Saints released Latavius Murray (ESPN)
Week one power rankings (NFL.com)
The Ravens signed Le’Veon Bell (NFL.com)
Mac Jones cannot wait to square of with ‘Bama teammate Tua Tagovailoa in season opener (Pro Football Talk)
More week one power rankings (Bleacher Report)