The Los Angeles Chargers received somewhat good news on their starting middle linebacker.
According to ESPN insider Adam Schefter, Chargers inside linebacker Denzel Perryman will miss 4-6 weeks due to an ankle injury suffered in the team’s preseason opener against the Seattle Seahawks.
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
Perryman hurt his ankle while in coverage on third down on the Chargers’ first defensive series. He hobbled off the field and was taken to the locker room on a cart. Many caught him mouthing the word “pop” on television during the replay.
If Schefter’s report is accurate, then it’s a sign of relief for the Chargers. Perryman is the signal caller on defense. After a strong rookie season, Perryman had his ups and downs last year despite finishing third on the team with 72 combined tackles. While he’s a tone-setter, Perryman did miss four games due to injury last year and two the year before.
The Chargers are a better team with Perryman, who is one of the top run defenders on the team, on the field. Not only that, but there isn’t that much depth at the inside linebacker position. Hopefully, the former second-round pick heals quickly and makes it back sooner rather than later.
Linebacker Korey Toomer will likely start in place of the injured Perryman. Toomer, who was signed off the Raiders’ practice squad early on in the 2016 season following an injury to former Chargers LB Manti Te’o, finished the year with 75 total tackles (second-most on the team), three forced fumbles, two pass deflections, one sack and one fumble recovery in 13 games. He received an 81.2 overall grade from Pro Football Focus.
Overall, the Chargers, who clearly need their starters to stay healthy, continue to be snakebitten by injuries.