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Denzel Perryman ready to spark Chargers defense after preseason ankle surgery

By in Press Enterprise on November 9, 2017

By Jack Wang

COSTA MESA — Denzel Perryman has waited long enough.

Three months ago, the Chargers linebacker planted awkwardly on the StubHub Center grass, tearing a ligament in his left ankle on just his seventh snap of the preseason. Days later, he underwent surgery, the first such operation of his football career. This Sunday in Jacksonville, he will finally suit up for a regular-season game.

“It’s been rough,” Perryman said Wednesday. “I ain’t gonna lie, man.”

The Chargers (3-5) had activated him from injured reserve just one day earlier, officially clearing the way for a season debut that the 5-foot-11, 240-pound defender had been eyeing for weeks. Perryman began rehabbing his ankle two or three weeks after his surgery, and by late September, Chargers coach Anthony Lynn had seen enough to declare him “ahead of schedule.”

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Perryman said he felt healthy enough to play against Denver on Oct. 22, following his first week of practices with the rest of the team. But the Chargers had placed him on injured reserve in early September, which rendered him ineligible to appear in a game until he sat out at least eight weeks. That coincided with the Chargers’ bye – setting up his debut this Sunday against the Jaguars (5-3) at EverBank Field.

His family helped him cope with the delay.

“My daughter used to tell me every time, ‘Daddy, be careful with your leg. Be careful with your leg,’” Perryman said. “That just took my mind off the injury, period.”

His team is eager to welcome him back. Last week, defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said the Chargers’ self-scouting of their run defense has been “brutal” – hardly a […]    

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