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Chargers add LB depth following Drue Tranquill injury

The injury to Tranquill may be as bad as we feared.

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Near the end of the Chargers’ 47-42 win over the Browns, linebacker Drue Tranquill went down with an apparent chest injury from which he never returned. On Wednesday’s injury report, which was deemed an estimation as the team took part in a walkthrough only, we got a little confirmation of the severity. If there had been a real practice, Tranquill would have been a non-participant.

The apparent pectoral injury could keep the third-year defender out of this week’s game against the Ravens and another loss to the linebacker would make for an even shallower position. To prepare for this outcome, the Chargers signed Nate Hall, a former undrafted free agent out of Northwestern in 2019. In a corresponding move, the Chargers released defensive lineman Andrew Brown.

Since entering the league two years ago, the 6’2, 235-pound Hall has spent time with the Cowboys, Bills, and Texans. Prior to the Chargers, he was most-recently with the Panthers practice squad. His career totals include 10 total tackles, two sacks, and a forced fumble.