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Los Angeles Chargers place Kenneth Murray Jr. (ankle) on IR

Sep 19, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Kenneth Murray (9) gestures after a play against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 19, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Kenneth Murray (9) gestures after a play against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Chargers placed linebacker Kenneth Murray Jr. and defensive lineman Justin Jones on injured reserve in advance of their Monday night home game against the Las Vegas Raiders.

Murray, 22, injured his left ankle at practice Saturday, but is only expected to miss three games, NFL Network reported.

It is the third time Murray has injured an ankle since the start of training camp. He injured his right ankle in Week 2 against the Dallas Cowboys but returned to play in the game.

Murray, a first-round draft pick last year who is third on the Chargers with 19 tackles, is expected to be replaced Monday by Drue Tranquill.

Jones, 25, was thought to be close to a return from a calf injury in Week 1 against the Washington Football Team. Head coach Brandon Staley was confident Jones would be able to play against the Raiders as recently as Saturday.

Jones, a third-round draft pick in 2018, has started in 25 of his 41 games played over four seasons with the Chargers, recording 82 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks.

The Chargers signed defensive lineman Forrest Merrill off their practice squad and activated defensive lineman Breiden Fehoko off the practice squad.

Merrill, 25, was an undrafted free agent out of Arkansas State, who has not played in an NFL game. Fehoko, 24, played on 19 snaps over two games for the Chargers last season. He was undrafted out of LSU.

–Field Level Media