COSTA MESA — Denzel Perryman didn’t want the brace around his left knee to diminish his achievement. He was there Monday running with his teammates for the start of the Chargers’ offseason program.
Players weren’t required to attend, but Perryman shouted as if he wanted someone to take roll. The recently re-signed linebacker pointed to his brace and made it known to the reporters watching he was present.
Perryman wasn’t supposed to be there. He’s only five months removed since undergoing knee surgery for an LCL injury that cut his 2018 season short.
Apart from the brace and a slimmer physique, Perryman was still the same player, providing passion and energy to a mundane spring workout. Perryman went from 245 pounds last year to 220 pounds, according to Chargers coach Anthony Lynn.
“He’s in great shape,” Lynn said about Perryman. “I’m looking for my (middle) linebacker and he’s standing right in front of me and I didn’t even know it. … Denzel, he has that discipline to be at whatever weight he wants, but he looks good at all of those weights.”
Perryman was one of many players in attendance Monday. But one notable absentee was Philip Rivers.
The star quarterback is looking for an extension – his current contract expires at the end of the season – but that’s not the reason why Rivers wasn’t at the workout, according to Lynn. Rivers is in Florida for his annual Easter family vacation.
“He does a family vacation around Easter every year,” Lynn said. “Easter was pushed back this year, so I didn’t want him showing up here just for today and tomorrow, and then going back with his family in Florida. That’s why he’s not here.”
Free-agent acquisitions Tyrod Taylor and Thomas Davis were participants. Last month, Davis, a 15-year veteran linebacker, vowed that he would keep up with the Chargers’ younger players on defense.