Report: Chargers LB Perryman out for the season

Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Denzel Perryman is tied for second on the team in tackles.Photo Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Chargers starting linebacker Denzel Perryman reportedly will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Perryman left Sunday’s victory over the Oakland Raiders early in the first quarter, and Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported Monday that Perryman suffered damage to his lateral collateral ligament (LCL). Rapoport also reported that Perryman needs surgery to repair an injured hamstring, and the two injuries will prevent Perryman from returning this season.

His recovery time is estimated to be 2-3 months.

The 25-year-old Perryman was a key component of the Chargers’ defense. He has started all nine games and played in nearly 65 percent of the team’s defensive snaps during the 2018 season. He has recorded 51 tackles, which is tied for second most on the team, and also has an interception.

Last season, Perryman had 37 total tackles in seven games, including six starts, for the Chargers.

Perryman has played in 42 NFL games, including 35 starts, during his four seasons in the league.

He was a second-round pick out of Miami in the 2015 NFL Draft, and is in the final year of his rookie contract. He is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in the offseason.