Denzel Perryman to return after bye

Coach Anthony Lynn announced today that he expects linebacker Denzel Perryman to return after the Chargers' bye week when they play the Jaguars in week 10. It's the best possible news for the Chargers, as the linebacking unit has been the main weakness on an otherwise ascendant defense.

Perryman will return after undergoing ankle surgery in mid-August. He was carted off the field during the Chargers' first preseason game and placed on injured reserve at the beginning of the season. After sitting out the required first eight weeks, he'll return against Jacksonville and provide a much needed boost to the defense.

The Chargers secondary and defensive line have been excellent but the defense has been gashed on the ground a few times due mostly to shoddy linebacker play. Perryman is one of the best run-defenders on the team when healthy, so his presence in the second-level is critical to the whole unit.

His return for the Jacksonville game is especially notable because the Jaguars try and avoid throwing the ball more than any other team in the league other than maybe the Bears. The Chargers know that the Jaguars will be trying to establish the run with Leonard Fournette at all costs, and Perryman's return will go a long way toward shutting it down and forcing Blake Bortles to pass.

The Chargers have suffered a few key injuries on defense, and it cannot be understated how big the return of Perryman is. It's great news, and something Charger fans desperately needed to see after yesterday's devastating loss to the Patriots.


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