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Chargers place LB Jatavis Brown on PUP list

NFL: Los Angeles Chargers-Minicamp Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Prior to the start of training camp, the Chargers announced a number of transactions with one of those being the placement of outside linebacker Jatavis Brown on the physically unable to perform list (PUP).

In Brown’s rookie season, he was a bright spot on a struggling, but developing, defense who was usually good for a splash-play or two every week. In a reserve role, he made key plays, including a massive forced fumble against the Denver Broncos in 2016, which helped the team secure a huge victory at Mile High Stadium.

In the years since, Brown has struggled to get to 100%, which, in-turn, has stopped him from ever really taking a step forward from that rookie campaign. He played in 16 games during his sophomore campaign, but was noted to have a lingering foot injury all year. In 2018, he was no better than a rotational guy, but wound up missing the playoffs due to injury, forcing the team to deploy six or seven defensive backs instead of traditional linebackers.

In his place, second-year linebacker Kyzir White and rookie Drue Tranquil will have increased chances of earning a starting spot, unless the team decides to roll with Uchenna Nwosu at the OTTO, which usually replaces the traditional strong-side linebacker in their base defense.