The return of Jason Verrett was supposed to be a big boost for the Los Angeles Chargers‘ defense, but the former first-round pick is being put on pause after soreness cropped up in his surgically repaired left knee.
Verrett was essentially a full go in Monday’s season-opening 24-21 loss in Denver, playing in 63 of a potential 69 defensive snaps, but first-year coach Anthony Lynn sensed something wasn’t right after watching the film.
“He’s not moving the way he’s moved in the past,” Lynn assessed. “He’s just not right. He’s such a competitor, he wants to be on the field, but we have to protect him from himself. I know the way Jason likes to play the game, and right now, he can’t play it that way.”
So, back to limbo for the former Pro Bowl cornerback whose 2016 season was cut short after suffering a partial tear of his ACL in Week 4. Reconstructive surgery followed, as did an offseason of rehab.
Monday was Verrett’s first time back in a live environment since the injury, unless you count a Week 3 preseason cameo against the Rams which produced just a handful of snaps.
In other words, Verrett took it from zero to 60 the minute he got away from the shop and hit the open road.
Things can go wrong in that type of circumstance. Now Verrett will miss the Chargers’ regular season debut at the StubHub Center against the Miami Dolphins… and potentially far more time than that.
Verrett, 26, was not able to practice on Thursday or Friday and was sent for a precautionary MRI; the results are being kept tight by the…
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