Chargers vs. Chiefs: Denzel Perryman leaves with injury

CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 03: Tre Boston
CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 03: Tre Boston /

The Los Angeles Chargers suffered a tough loss to the defense when linebacker Denzel Perryman was carted off of the field at Arrowhead.

The Los Angeles Chargers are going to have a tough task ahead of them for the second half of Saturday night’s game unless linebacker Denzel Perryman is able to come back. Perryman went down in the first half of the team’s Saturday night game at Arrowhead Stadium against the Kansas City Chiefs and was carted off of the field.

The Chiefs already have the lead heading into halftime and given their ability to move the chains with wide receiver Tyreek Hill, tight end Travis Kelce and running back Kareem Hunt. Perryman has been an important performer and leader at the second level of the Chargers defense even though others around him get more acclaim, especially pass rushers Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram.

The official word on Perryman is that he has a hamstring injury and is questionable to return, which means the Chargers will be thin at linebacker if he can’t return. Perryman has already missed several games this year, only starting five in a row after missing everything before Week 10 already this season. In limited duty, Perryman has 34 total tackles and 1 fumble recovery for the Chargers.

Without Perryman, the Chargers will turn to Jatavis Brown at outside linebacker while Perryman is out. Brown has started five games this year already in Perryman’s absence with 62 total tackles to his credit.

Perryman began the year on injured reserve, slated to return, with an ankle injury.