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LA Chargers: 5 biggest disappointments heading into bye week

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2. Kenneth Murray

Kenneth Murray has been out with an injury and has not played since Week 3 against the Kansas City Chiefs. He re-aggravated an ankle injury that he suffered early on against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 2 and was placed on the Injured Reserve. That ankle injury could be part of the explanation for why he struggled in Weeks 2 and 3.

Murray struggled in the first three games of the season. He was not having the kind of impact that we were hoping for from a run-stuffing perspective and he continued to show that he is learning how to defend the pass at the NFL level.

It became clear that Drue Tranquill was the better option to get more snaps and that inevitably happened when Murray was put on the IR. While the team lost their starting inside linebacker, they really did not lose anything more than depth with Tranquill's play.

Tranquill and Kyzir White deserve more snaps when Murray returns but that could be a good thing for the former Oklahoma Sooner. It will allow him to slowly get back into form and put him in positions to succeed so he is not putting too much on his plate.

I still believe in Murray and it is far too soon to give up on him with less than 20 career games in the NFL. Let's not forget the struggles that White had in previous years and how well he is now playing. Murray will figure it out and there is a chance that this nagging injury affected his play early on.