Well, that didn’t take long. 3rd year linebacker Denzel Perryman was injured early in the 1st quarter during the Chargers exhibition opener Sunday evening. After being carted off some feared the injury would be severe. Some even said they saw Perryman mouth the words "pop" and thought he might be out for the majority, if not all of the season.
Early this morning, Adam Schefter broke the injury news.
Chargers LB Denzel Perryman expected to miss 4-6 weeks with ankle injury he suffered Sunday, per source, but MRI today for more clarity.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 14, 2017
Thankfully for Perryman and the Chargers he will only miss a game or two at most. He is undoubtedly important to the teams defense and a big part of the reason their run defense is superb.
This injury bug doesn’t seem like it’s going anywhere anytime soon. The bug has bit Perryman every year now. Hopefully this isn’t a situation where Denzel is in and out of the lineup all year.
Korey Toomer replaced Perryman when he went down and will likely start in his place. Toomer was solid when he filled in for Perryman last year. The dropoff isn’t steep as far as pure linebacker play goes. Perryman is a signifcantly better playmaker.
It’ll be interesting to see if the Chargers use an extra defensive back in passing situations instead of a second linebacker now. Look for "dime" instead of "nickel" packages.