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Chargers LB Denzel Perryman on crutches following injury in preseason opener


The Los Angeles Chargers can’t escape the injury bug.

Chargers inside linebacker Denzel Perryman suffered an ankle injury in Sunday’s preseason opener against the Seattle Seahawks. It happened on the first series for the Chargers’ defense.

Perryman was in coverage when the injury occurred, as it appeared to be a non-contact injury. He hobbled off the field and was later carted to the locker room.

#Chargers LB Denzel Perryman was carted off from the sideline. In the replay you could see him say "a pop" hopefully it isnt serious.

— Fernando Ramirez (@RealFRamirez) August 14, 2017

In the second half of the game, Perryman was seen on the sidelines with crutches and a walking boot.

Perryman, who is one of the team’s better run defenders, is the signal caller on defense. It would be a big blow if he’s lost for a significant amount of time. The Chargers have a solid linebacker corps with Perryman, Jatavis Brown, Kyle Emanuel and Korey Toomer leading the way, but it isn’t a position that’s necessarily deep (though there is potential with James Onwualu and Joshua Perry).

Perryman missed four games last season and two games his rookie year (2015) due to injuries.

The 2015 second-round pick wasn’t the only player to exit the game with an injury. Defensive end Jerry Attaochu suffered a hamstring injury, according to the Chargers. Attaochu, who’s been having a solid camp, has also been hit hard by injuries since coming into the league. He missed a total of eight games last year, including missing the final five games of the season after suffering a broken foot in Week 12.

Also, defensive lineman Caraun Reid walked off gingerly in the second half after getting clipped by a Seahawks’ lineman. Luckily, Reid was able to come back on the field. Reid suffered a torn ACL last season.