Kenneth Murray Jr. missed a chunk of games last season due to an ankle injury, and that injury ultimately required surgery. According to ESPN’s Lindsey Thiry, the linebacker underwent offseason surgery on his ankle. Murray is expected to be back at full health by the time training camp comes around.
Murray was a first-round pick by the Chargers in 2020, and he earned PFWA All-Rookie Team honors after collecting 107 tackles and one sack in 16 starts. He started the first three games of the 2021 season before suffering an ankle injury during practice, landing him on injured reserve.
After sitting out five games, Murray returned and saw a reduced role on defense, starting only three of his team’s final nine games. The linebacker finished his sophomore season with only 31 tackles, with Pro Football Focus ranking him 83rd among 87 eligible linebackers.
While offseason surgery presumably limited his offseason routine, Murray will still have a chance to restart with a clean bill of health in 2022. The 23-year-old defender is expected to start at inside linebacker. If he is forced to miss any time during training camp, the likes of Drue Tranquill, Troy Reeder, and Amen Ogbongbemiga will see some extra reps.