Takeo Spikes will be released by the San Diego Chargers on Thursday, according to an NFL source.
With so many teams needing linebacker help, the draft will be a solution for several clubs. Pat Kirwan breaks down the available talent, what little there is.
The Chargers wrapped up their third straight disappointing season by taking down the Raiders 24-21 on Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.
FS Eric Weddle was voted Chargers MVP by his teammates. He leads the team with 103 tackles and three interceptions.
Chargers coach Norv Turner and GM A.J. Smith are expected to be fired sometime next week, so Sunday's game against the Raiders will likely be their curtain call. On the field, San Diego will try to stop mobile Oakland QB Terrelle Pryor, who will be making his first NFL start.
The Chargers had 11 sacks last week against the Jets, and they're hoping to keep the heat on this week against whomever the Raiders pick to be their starting quarterback.
Chargers players who want to spend the last week of January in Hawaii will have to do it on their own dime. The 2013 Pro Bowl roster was announced on Wednesday and it included no Bolts.
When a player misses the first two practices of a week, the expectation is he will be listed anywhere from questionable to out. ILB Takeo Spikes missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but after Spikes fully participated on Friday coach Norv Turner listed him as probable for this Sunday's game against the Jets.
When the season started, the Week 16 game featuring the Chargers at the Jets figured to have playoff implications. Instead, it's between two teams looking forward to getting the year over.
The Chargers (5-9) and the Jets (6-8) may be eliminated from postseason contention, but players on both teams will have much to play for this Sunday.

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