Early on Tuesday, the Chargers announced that LB Denzel Perryman suffered an LCL injury along with a hamstring issue that will likely need surgery, as well.
We’ve now learned his season is over.
Sources: #Chargers star LB Denzel Perryman suffered an injury to his LCL and likely needs hamstring surgery, as well. He’s out for the season, but recovery should have him ready in 3-4 months. Rough blow for one of the AFC’s top teams.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 12, 2018
Prior to his injury, Perryman ranked second on the team in tackles with 51, just behind rookie S Derwin James. Number 52 has always played a big role in the Bolts’ run defense and his absence will likely leave a heavy presence on the rest of the defense. No example could paint his importance to the defense more than when the former Miami Hurricane came back from injury following the team’s 0-4 start in 2017. His play was integral in the 9-3 record the Chargers amassed in their last 12 games of the year.
In his stead, LB Hayes Pullard will likely get the nod at middle linebacker. In 2017. Pullard got the start in place of Perryman as well but ended up being one of the worst-graded defensive players in the league, according to Pro Football Focus.
This year, however, Pullard has looked like a completely different player during the preseason and looked visibly improved in his play during his limited snaps against Seattle and Oakland.