The Los Angeles Chargers have activated linebacker Denzel Perryman from injured reserve/designated to return list, the team announced on Tuesday.
Perryman, 24, began the regular season on injured reserve and has been out since suffering a left ankle injury in the team’s preseason opener against the Seattle Seahawks that required surgery. However, he began practicing three weeks ago, and Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said he likes what he’s seen so far from the third-year pro.
Perryman finished with 72 combined tackles and two sacks last season and posted similar numbers (73 tackles, two sacks) his rookie season in 2015. It’s expected that Perryman will improve a Chargers run defense allowing 135 rushing yards a contest, second worst in the NFL.
The Chargers also announced that they have brought back veteran tight end Jeff Cumberland.
Cumberland, 30, was originally signed by the Chargers during the offseason in 2016 but suffered an Achilles injury during preseason that forced him to miss the entire season.
Cumberland came back healthy during the offseason and had a good training camp earlier this year before being shut down because of a lingering hamstring injury. He was released during final roster cuts in September.
To make room for Perryman and Cumberland on the active roster, the Chargers waived linebacker Josh Keyes and offensive lineman Tyler Marz.