It was reported yesterday that linebacker Denzel Perryman was likely to miss the first four games of the season and that the possibility of undergoing was still real. Well, today that possibility became reality as Perryman underwent a procedure to repair a torn ligament in his left ankle, an injury he suffered during the first preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks.
#Chargers LB Denzel Perryman is currently in surgery to repair a torn ankle ligament, sources say. Out 8-10 weeks, should return midseason.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 15, 2017
So what was initially a 4-6 week timetable for return becomes 8-10 weeks. Thus the harsh nature of injuries. There is a good chance the Chargers will make Perryman one of their IR/designated to return players, which as Rapoport mentioned would mean the Chargers would have him back somewhere around mid-season.
As tough as this news is to swallow for a Chargers defense that is looking to establish itself as one of the leagues best, it’s worth acknowledging that it could have been worse for both Perryman and the Chargers had he been forced to miss the entire season. Perryman will get a chance to come back and provide a spark for a team that, who knows, may be fighting for a post-season position.
What’s more, as unfortunate as it is to lose Perryman for an extended period of time, the Chargers have two very capable linebackers still on the roster in second-year star Jatavis Brown and Korey Toomer. The presence of those two players should help to soften the blow of losing Perryman for the first half of the year. Perryman’s initial absence will also provide an opportunity for young players like Joshua Perry to show what they can do.
Here is to wishing Denzel Perryman a quick and full recovery.
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