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Friday Update: Allen, Lambo expected to play Sunday

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Josh Allen (41) unhappy with a pass interference call on a teammate during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)

JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars' top pass rusher will be available Sunday.

Their kicker will return, too.

Those were positives on a day of mixed injury news for the Jaguars Friday, with defensive end Josh Allen announced as expected to play – and with kicker Josh Lambo being activated off injured reserve the previous day.

"Obviously, it's going to be big for us," Head Coach Doug Marrone said of Allen's expected return against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif., Sunday at 4:25 p.m.

Wide receiver DJ Chark Jr. also is expected to play Sunday after working limited Wednesday and Friday with an ankle injury, and the Jaguars ruled out three starters: linebacker Myles Jack (ankle), safety Jarrod Wilson (hamstring) and tight end Tyler Eifert (neck).

Allen, a Pro Bowl selection as a rookie last season, was removed from the team's injury report Friday. He practiced limited Wednesday and Thursday after missing the last two games with a knee injury sustained against Cincinnati in Week 4.

"He has worked hard and he has had a good week," Marrone said of Allen, who had a franchise rookie-record 10.5 sacks last season with two sacks and a team-high seven quarterback hits in four games this season. "I know he's excited to get back on the field. It definitely can give us that boost that we need."

Lambo's return could be equally important. He has missed the last four games with a hip injury, with the Jaguars using four kickers – Brandon Wright, Aldrick Rosas, Stephen Hauschka and Jon Brown – in the four games since. Lambo was designated to return from injured reserve earlier this week.

Lambo has converted 75 of 78 field goals since joining the Jaguars in 2017, including 33 of 34 last season. Jaguars kickers missed a field goal or extra point in all four games in his absence.

"Josh has been really consistent," Marrone said. "He has had a good week. He has been able to strike the ball well and feels good. It's good. He has been really consistent for us. He has been one of the top guys in the league as far as percentage. I never really used to think about it when we sent him out there.

"I trust him. He feels good. It puts your mind at ease that you're not thinking about that when that team takes the field to kick an extra point or a field goal."

Jaguars players in addition to Chark, Lambo and Allen expected to play Sunday after working limited at times this week: linebacker Dakota Allen (foot), guard Ben Bartch (foot/knee), guard Andrew Norwell ankle) wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. (hamstring).

Guard A.J. Cann, who was replaced by Bartch after sustaining a shoulder injury in the first quarter of a loss to Detroit last Sunday, was listed as questionable for the Chargers game. Marrone said the team will use a substitution plan at the position Sunday if Cann can't play.

"That can change during the course of a game if someone's really playing well or playing hot," Marrone said. "We think we can get good production out of it. It's not a knock on Ben. He did some good things last week. There are times he did really well and there are times he got beat, which is going to happen with young players. He's going to come along well and we have a guy like [veteran center/guard] Tyler Shatley, who has really been a staple.

"He (Shatley) has really stepped in for Brandon Linder at center and played really well – and he has played guard at times. We're just going to look at the matchups in there and see who we feel good against. But right now, the plan is if A.J. can't go to get in some kind of substitution."

Marrone said Brandon Watson will start at free safety for Wilson Sunday with Doug Middleton backing up free and strong safety.

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