NFL injury updates, latest league news from Saturday, Jan. 29

A missing piece of the Los Angeles Rams defense is returning in time for Championship Sunday.

Rams linebacker Ernest Jones was activated from injured reserve on Saturday and is expected to be active versus the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game.

Jones missed the last four games with an ankle injury that landed the standout rookie on IR after Week 16. Jones, a 2021 third-round pick turned Rams starter, compiled 61 tackles, two interceptions and a sack in 15 games this season.

The Rams also activated defensive backs Eric Weddle and Blake Countess from the practice squad to the active roster for Sunday’s game. The team signed kicker Ryan Santoso and long snapper Carson Tinker to the practice squad while waiving wideout Warren Jackson and tight end Kyle Markaway from the practice squad. Defensive back Antoine Brooks Jr. was also waived.

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