Chargers injury updates: Drue Tranquill is out, Kenneth Murray Jr. in

Chargers linebacker Kenneth Murray Jr., center, pursues against the Cowboys.
Kenneth Murray Jr., center, should be back in the middle of the Chargers defense Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.
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The Chargers aren’t expecting to have Drue Tranquill on Sunday when they play Minnesota at SoFi Stadium. The linebacker was placed on the COVID-19 reserve list Thursday.

Kenneth Murray Jr. will take Tranquill’s place as he returns from the injured reserve list. Murray, who has missed the last five games because of an ankle problem, is expected to be activated Saturday.

Edge rusher Joey Bosa (ankle) and wide receiver Keenan Allen (knee) should play, head coach Brandon Staley said. Both were listed as questionable by the team Friday.

Starting safety Nasir Adderley (ankle) also is questionable. Staley indicated Adderley will be a game-time decision after working out at SoFi Stadium.


Starting cornerback Asante Samuel Jr. has been cleared from concussion protocol and will return against the Vikings. On the opposite side, Michael Davis (hamstring) is doubtful.

Chargers nose tackle Linval Joseph is freakishly big and freakishly fast for his size, and even at 33 is still a force to be reckoned with. He had nine tackles against Philadelphia last week.

Nov. 11, 2021

Backup running back Justin Jackson (quadriceps) also is doubtful. Reserve defensive back Mark Webb Jr. (knee) is questionable.