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  Chargers | Joey Bosa offered to defer bonus    Wed Aug 24, 11:06 PM

The San Diego Chargers will begin to reduce the monetary package offered to DE Joey Bosa, as the stalemate with the No. 3 overall pick continues.

Footballguys view: Bosa has offered to defer a significant portion of the signing bonus to March 2017 in order to get the deal done. The team's position is that it's still not enough of a deferral.

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  Chargers | Damion Square suspended    Wed Aug 24, 04:22 PM

San Diego Chargers DT Damion Square has been suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

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  Chargers | San Diego pull offer to Joey Bosa    Wed Aug 24, 03:10 PM

San Diego Chargers DE Joey Bosa received an offer from the Chargers, but they have pulled the offer because Bosa's representatives declined the offer, according to a source. The offer to Bosa was the highest cash payout in the initial calendar year for a first-round pick in team history. The Chargers said they are not sure Bosa will be able to contribute over a full season because of the time he has missed during training camp.

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  Chargers | D.J. Fluker avoids serious injury    Tue Aug 23, 04:10 PM

San Diego Chargers OG D.J. Fluker's (foot) MRI on his injured right foot came back negative Tuesday, Aug. 23.

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  Chargers | Mike Lee goes to San Diego    Mon Aug 22, 09:50 PM

The San Diego Chargers signed free-agent CB Mike Lee (Eagles) Monday, Aug. 22. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.

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  Chargers | Jeff Cumberland placed on IR    Mon Aug 22, 03:21 PM

San Diego Chargers TE Jeff Cumberland (Achilles') was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Aug. 22. CB Mike Lee took Cumberland's place on the active roster.

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  Chargers | Jeff Cumberland suffers torn Achilles'    Sat Aug 20, 05:16 PM

San Diego Chargers TE Jeff Cumberland (Achilles') will miss the rest of the season after suffering an Achilles' injury against the Arizona Cardinals Friday, Aug. 19.

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  Chargers | Donavon Clark out for season    Sat Aug 20, 04:44 PM

San Diego Chargers rookie OG Donavon Clark (knee) suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament Friday, Aug. 19, against the Arizona Cardinals, according to a source. He is out for the season.

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  Chargers | Travis Benjamin has quiet debut    Sat Aug 20, 08:37 AM

San Diego Chargers WR Travis Benjamin caught one pass for 11 yards in the preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals Friday, Aug. 19.

Footballguys view: Benjamin is getting the limited work that core starters get. He's underrated as a bench wide receiver pick that you can get in the 9th-10th round. Benjamin should get plenty of targets as a deep threat in a pass-first offense.

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  Chargers | Tyrell Williams has solid outing    Sat Aug 20, 08:25 AM

San Diego Chargers WR Tyrell Williams caught four passes for 47 yards in the preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals Friday, Aug. 19. He was targeted six times during the game.

Footballguys view: Williams is staking his claim to the #3 job vacated by Stevie Johnson. This pass offense is a strong one with a great quarterback, so Williams is worth a late pick if he wins that role, and he has lots of upside if any of the core pieces of the pass offense go down.

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  Chargers | Sean McGrath may make roster    Sat Aug 20, 08:20 AM

San Diego Chargers TE Sean McGrath appears to have a decent chance to make the 53-man roster because of the injury to TE Jeff Cumberland (Achilles').

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  Chargers | Donavon Clark exits with knee injury    Fri Aug 19, 11:02 PM

San Diego Chargers OG Donavon Clark (knee) will not return against the Arizona Cardinals Friday, Aug. 19, after exiting with a knee injury.

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  Chargers | Jeff Cumberland carted off    Fri Aug 19, 10:14 PM

San Diego Chargers TE Jeff Cumberland (Achilles') was carted to the locker room with an Achilles' injury against the Arizona Cardinals Friday, Aug. 19.

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  Chargers | Dontrelle Inman checked by trainers    Fri Aug 19, 09:48 PM

San Diego Chargers WR Dontrelle Inman (head) was checked for a concussion after taking a hard hit against the Arizona Cardinals Friday, Aug. 19. He was cleared, but he will not return to the game.

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  Chargers | Philip Rivers to sit out Friday    Fri Aug 19, 08:10 PM

San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers will not play in the preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals Friday, Aug. 19.

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  Chargers | Joey Bosa contract talks resume    Fri Aug 19, 01:32 PM

San Diego Chargers DE Joey Bosa and the club have resumed their contract negotiating talks. The two sides are still trying to figure out how soon the rookie out of Ohio State will receive his payments on a $17 million signing bonus and whether offset language will be included in the contract to protect the team in the event that Bosa is released before his fourth season.

Footballguys view: The beginning of the season will encourage some urgency on behalf of both sides, but precious time and goodwill has already been lost. The Chargers got steamrolled by the Titans in the first preseason game, and the longer they go without Bosa, the less wind there will be in their sails going into the season.

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  Chargers | Rico Richardson waived    Fri Aug 19, 03:34 AM

The San Diego Chargers waived WR Rico Richardson on Thursday, Aug. 18.

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  Chargers | Rasheed Bailey claimed    Fri Aug 19, 03:18 AM

The San Diego Chargers claimed WR Rasheed Bailey off waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday, Aug. 18.

Footballguys view: Bailey was massively productive at a Division III school, but his athleticism is middling at best. The Chargers have opportunity at the wide receiver position, but Tyrell Williams and Dontrelle Inman are likely to win those spots. Bailey has a chance to end up on their practice squad.

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  Chargers | Keenan Allen in top form    Thu Aug 18, 09:52 PM

San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen made some tough catches against Arizona Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson in a joint practice Wednesday, Aug 17.

Footballguys view: Allen is quietly one of the better receivers in the NFL. While some will overlook him because San Diego has not been great the last few years and he missed most of 2015 with a lacerated kidney, he's a very good addition to your roster. He was well on his way to a big season before the injury last year and we expect him to have a WR1/WR2 season this year.

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  Chargers | Two roster moves for San Diego    Thu Aug 18, 05:24 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Rasheed Bailey re-signed Thursday, Aug. 18. WR Rico Richardson was subsequently released.

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  Chargers | Travis Benjamin building trust with Rivers    Wed Aug 17, 02:32 AM

San Diego Chargers WR Travis Benjamin was singled out by QB Philip Rivers for his work during a joint practice against the Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday, Aug. 16, specifically for their timing on a comeback route that Rivers deemed his 'favorite play' of the evening.

Footballguys view: Benjamin should improve the "deep threat" receiver option from Malcom Floyd's level of play in recent years. Philip Rivers is easily the best quarterback he has played with in his career, so Benjamin might end up being a value as a bench receiver in the 9th/10th round of drafts.

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  Chargers | Bolts add three defensive players    Tue Aug 16, 12:52 AM

The San Diego Chargers signed free-agent DT Kamal Johnson (Dolphins), LB Zack Hodges (Rams) and LB James Vaughters (Packers) Monday, Aug. 15.

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  Chargers | Coach happy with Hunter Henry    Mon Aug 15, 07:54 PM

San Diego Chargers TE Hunter Henry has performed well during training camp and will have a role on offense this season, according to head coach Mike McCoy.

Footballguys view: Henry has always reminded us of a younger version of Jason Witten (Cowboys). The all-purpose TE from Arkansas is the heir apparent to Antonio Gates. He may be able to get on the field this year, but we consider 2016 a year of development for the young prospect.

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  Chargers | Tyrell Williams on the field    Mon Aug 15, 07:25 PM

San Diego Chargers WR Tyrell Williams (leg) is participating in practice Monday, Aug. 15.

Footballguys view: Williams is tall and fast, so we're keeping an eye on him in dynasty leagues. The team needs WR help behind Keenan Allen and Williams might have a couple of games where he's fantasy relevant in 2016. He's competing for a no.3 spot behind Allen and Travis Benjamin.

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  Chargers | Travis Benjamin practicing    Mon Aug 15, 07:24 PM

San Diego Chargers WR Travis Benjamin (undisclosed) is participating in practice Monday, Aug. 15.

Footballguys view: We're curious to see how Benjamin fits in with his new team. The speedy veteran should start opposite Keenan Allen, and we see him as a WR4 with upside for fantasy owners in 2016.

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  Chargers | Sean Lissemore out for season    Mon Aug 15, 05:53 PM

San Diego Chargers DT Sean Lissemore (undisclosed) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Aug. 15.

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  Chargers | Stevie Johnson goes on IR    Mon Aug 15, 05:39 PM

San Diego Chargers WR Stevie Johnson (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Aug. 15.

Footballguys view: We'll miss Stevie Styles this year, but the Chargers should be okay at the position. They've added Travis Benjamin and James Jones via free agency this offseason and Tyrell Williams is an interesting prospect as well. There are plenty of weapons for QB Philip Rivers to throw to, not just WRs on the roster but guys like RB Danny Woodhead and TE Antonio Gates should play a large role.

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  Chargers | Kenneth Farrow shows what he can do    Sun Aug 14, 12:42 AM

San Diego Chargers RB Kenneth Farrow rushed 16 times for 60 yards in the preseason game against the Tennessee Titans Saturday, Aug. 13. He added two receptions for 25 yards.

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  Chargers | Melvin Gordon in uncharted territory    Sun Aug 14, 12:42 AM

San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon rushed three times for 12 yards in the preseason opener Saturday, Aug. 13, against the Tennessee Titans, and he also added one catch for 44 yards and a touchdown.

Footballguys view: The Chargers drafted Gordon's college fullback Derek Watt to lead block for the second-year runner. Gordon had a disappointing rookie season, and his ADP reflects that. He's a RB3 for fantasy owners this year and he's going off the board at RB33 (7.09) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Chargers | SD backup QB battle rages on    Sun Aug 14, 12:41 AM

San Diego Chargers QBs Kellen Clemens and Zach Mettenberger are battling for the No. 2 job behind starter QB Philip Rivers. Clemens completed eight of his 15 passes for 96 yards, while Mettenberger completed two of his eight passes for just 22 yards and an interception while he was sacked twice in the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 13, against the Tennessee Titans.

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  Chargers | Orlando Franklin nursing ankle injury    Sun Aug 14, 12:40 AM

San Diego Chargers OG Orlando Franklin (ankle) did not play in the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 13, against the Tennessee Titans after hurting his ankle in practice Thursday, Aug. 11.

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  Chargers | Tyrell Williams expected to rest Saturday    Sat Aug 13, 07:15 PM

San Diego Chargers WR Tyrell Williams (leg) will not play Saturday, Aug. 13, against the Tennessee Titans, due to leg tightness.

Footballguys view: Dynasty owners should be intrigued by Williams. He's a tall/fast receiver who can get by defenders quickly. We'll see him in the mix behind Keenan Allen this year. In deeper leagues, Williams could be added as a last-round 'lottery ticket' pick.

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  Chargers | Two Chargers close to history    Thu Aug 11, 05:11 PM

San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers and TE Antonio Gates are nine touchdowns away from surpassing San Francisco 49ers QB Steve Young and WR Jerry Rice for touchdown connections. They would then only trail former Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning and WR Marvin Harrison for most touchdowns between a quarterback and pass-catcher in a career.

Footballguys view: Rivers is a borderline QB1/QB2 while Gates is a solid TE2 for sure. That Gates is still playing at his age is insane, and we expect another solid year from him in 2016.

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  Chargers | Teammate impressed with Melvin Gordon    Thu Aug 11, 03:08 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon has had some of his best practices over the last few days, according to QB Philip Rivers. Rivers said he hopes Gordon will continue to improve.

Footballguys view: Gordon had a disappointing rookie season while averaging just 3.5 yards per carry and fumbling six times, so this is a positive sign. The offensive line should be better and the offense more effective which will prevent him from seeing a ton of stacked boxes. We are concerned about him regaining his explosiveness and speed after undergoing microfracture surgery, so that knocks him down a peg right now to a low-end RB2 or a high end RB3.

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  Chargers | Stevie Johnson going on IR    Thu Aug 11, 02:22 PM

San Diego Chargers WR Stevie Johnson (knee) will be placed on the Reserve/Injured list because of his knee injury.

Footballguys view: That leaves Tyrell Williams and Dontrelle Inman to battle over the third spot behind Keenan Allen and Travis Benjamin. There's little to no real value in the third spot here, but it's worth keeping an eye on in case Allen is hurt again or Benjamin struggles. Be ready with an itchy waiver wire trigger finger.

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  Chargers | Javontee Herndon still absent    Thu Aug 11, 12:32 AM

San Diego Chargers WR Javontee Herndon (undisclosed) remained sidelined Wednesday, Aug. 10, and he hasn't practiced since the first day of training camp due to an undisclosed injury.

Footballguys view: Herndon is unlikely to make the final roster if he can't even make it onto the field.

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  Chargers | Isaiah Burse not seizing chance    Thu Aug 11, 12:32 AM

San Diego Chargers WR Isaiah Burse had been seeing time in the slot with WR Stevie Johnson (knee) sidelined, but the first-team reps have faded in recent practices, according to beat writer Michael Gehlken.

Footballguys view: Burse is going to see time continue to decline, especially as Tyrell Williams continues to ascend. If anything, we see Williams as the third receiver, occasionally moving Keenan Allen to the slot.

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  Chargers | Tyrell Williams continues to improve    Thu Aug 11, 12:31 AM

San Diego Chargers WR Tyrell Williams has made a sizable leap in his second season, according to beat writer Michael Gehlken. Williams is considered one of the most improved Chargers from 2015, better route running among his strides. He also projects to be a gunner in special teams coverage.

Footballguys view: Keenan Allen is locked in as the Chargers first option and should serve as a high-end WR2 with WR1 potential, while Travis Benjamin is currently holding the second spot in the offense and be the deep threat which makes him worthy of a WR4 slot. Williams could see the field on three-receiver sets, with Benjamin driving deep and Allen on either the opposite side or in the slot. Williams' route-running has improved immensely and with Stevie Johnson out for the season, he will see more time. It still makes him no more than a WR7, but he's a WR7 worth keeping an eye on.

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  Chargers | Stevie Johnson out for the season    Wed Aug 10, 08:29 PM

San Diego Chargers WR Stevie Johnson (knee) has learned he will miss the entire 2016 season following surgery to repair his torn meniscus.

Footballguys view: James Jones was signed to replace Johnson, but he has struggled to separate in practices. Tyrell Williams is a physical marvel who has been developing chemistry with Philip Rivers. If there is surprise fantasy value to mine from this, it will likely come from Williams. Keenan Allen, Danny Woodhead and Antonio Gates could get even more targets in a more likely scenario.

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  Chargers | Joey Bosa's proposal still unanswered    Wed Aug 10, 07:38 PM

San Diego Chargers DE Joey Bosa's camp made their most recent proposal over a contract on July 28, but the team is still yet to respond.

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  Chargers | Joey Bosa, Bolts remain incommunicado    Wed Aug 10, 01:58 AM

San Diego Chargers DE Joey Bosa has now gone 12 days without speaking to the team. He is the only remaining unsigned first-round pick from the 2016 draft.

Footballguys view: This battle is basically over interest on part of Bosa's signing bonus and offset language that would compensate the Chargers if Bosa is released before the end of his rookie deal and signs elsewhere. In other words, it's basically nothing and both sides are having trouble seeing the benefit of just moving on. This is not a good look for a defense that has been lagging in recent years, but the Chargers are a very fiscally disciplined organization. Kansas City gets the Chargers defense in Week 1.

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  Chargers | San Diego makes two roster moves    Tue Aug 9, 08:14 PM

San Diego Chargers WR Jamaal Jones (undisclosed) was waived from the Reserve/Injured list with an injury settlement Tuesday, Aug. 9. Free-agent WR Rico Richardson (Cardinals) was subsequently signed.

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  Chargers | Stevie Johnson has surgery    Tue Aug 9, 06:51 PM

San Diego Chargers WR Stevie Johnson (knee) underwent surgery on his torn meniscus Tuesday, Aug. 9, according to a source. The surgery went well but there is currently no timetable for his return.

Footballguys view: There's no timetable, but we don't expect Johnson back anytime soon. The Chargers made a move to add James Jones after it was learned Johnson needed surgery.

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  Chargers | Keenan Allen shines in camp    Tue Aug 9, 10:26 AM

San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen returned to practice Monday, Aug. 8, after missing two days with a strained foot and 'whipped' several defenders, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune's Tom Krasovic.

Footballguys view: Allen is sometimes getting into the first round in PPR leagues, and his performance last year merits it. Stevie Johnson being out indefinitely could make his ridiculous 2015 target share stay intact.

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  Chargers | James Jones struggling to separate    Tue Aug 9, 10:23 AM

San Diego Chargers WR James Jones has struggled in training camp to make clean releases off of the line of scrimmage.

Footballguys view: Jones' best days are behind him, and it's possible that his temporary resurgence in 2015 was more due to chemistry with Aaron Rodgers than what Jones has left in the tank. Dynamic second-year UDFA Tyrell Williams could push Jones for a spot in three-wide sets with a good summer.

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  Chargers | Denzel Perryman returns to practice    Mon Aug 8, 06:38 PM

San Diego Chargers LB Denzel Perryman (undisclosed) practiced in full gear for the first time in eight days Monday, Aug. 8.

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  Chargers | Melvin Gordon returning kicks     Fri Aug 5, 10:58 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon saw reps as kickoff returner Friday, Aug. 5, but head coach Mike McCoy wouldn't commit to Gordon being used in the role permanently.

Footballguys view: It's a dangerous move to put your primary RB in the game as a return man. We don't think Gordon takes that role as the team needs to make sure he's healthy so he can tote the rock. Coming back from microfracture knee surgery in January, the reports have been positive about Gordon coming out of Chargers camp. We see him as a RB3 in PPR leagues as teammate Danny Woodhead should have more value (likely a RB2) in that format.

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  Chargers | Still no talks with Joey Bosa, Bolts    Wed Aug 3, 08:53 AM

San Diego Chargers DE Joey Bosa didn't have contract talks Tuesday, Aug. 2. The team's first-round pick remains unsigned.

Footballguys view: It is perplexing that the Chargers won't just agree to Bosa's terms. He was the #3 pick in the draft and his compensation for the course of his first four years is basically set. The timing of his bonus payments and the terms if Bosa gets hurt or plays poorly enough to be released before the end of his rookie deal is not nearly as important as getting him in the mix right away.

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  Chargers | San Diego adds James Jones    Tue Aug 2, 03:59 PM

Free-agent WR James Jones (Packers) is signing an undisclosed deal with the San Diego Chargers Tuesday, Aug. 2, according to a source.

Footballguys view: The Chargers had to do something with Stevie Johnson undergoing knee surgery in the near future. Jones has a strong game near the red zone, and that could be how the Chargers envision using him. Keenan Allen should be a WR2 for fantasy owners in 2016, and we like Tyrell Williams as a dynasty sleeper at the position. The addition of Jones will prevent the offense from having any early hiccups with the loss of Johnson, but we don't see a ton of fantasy value from the veteran with his new team.

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  Chargers | Stevie Johnson nearing surgery    Tue Aug 2, 12:14 PM

Updating an ongoing story, San Diego Chargers WR Stevie Johnson (knee) will undergo surgery in the 'next couple days,' according to Chargers head coach Mike McCoy. Johnson's prognosis is expected to be determined following the procedure.

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