The San Diego Chargers received good news Tuesday when rookie linebacker Jatavis Brown heard he wouldn’t need surgery on his knee, but he is still expected to miss “a week or two” according to The San Diego Union Tribune.
Brown injured his knee Sunday when his left leg slammed into the side of a Broncos offensive lineman during a fourth-quarter touchdown run in the Mile High City. It’s just one of many injuries the Chargers have sustained at the linebacker position.
Defensive captain Manti Te’o tore his Achilles tendon in Week 3 while Nick Dzubnar, a core special teams player, tore his ACL the following week. Both players are out for the remainder of the season. Brown began starting this season in Week 4 after Te’o hit injured reserve.
San Diego selected Brown 175th overall in the fifth round of the NFL draft this past spring. He earned his first sack of his career in Week 3 against the Indianapolis Colts. He posted two more sacks in Week 5 and 6, giving him three for the season. Also in Week 6 on Thursday night against the Chargers, he posted 13 solo tackles and 14 overall.
In his five starts in place of Te’o, Brown has 38 total tackles and two sacks.
The Chargers also lost their other inside linebacker, Denzel Perryman, against the Broncos in Week 8. He left with a hamstring injury and didn’t return. If Perryman also can’t play this Sunday, San Diego will be down to fourth-round pick Joshua Perry and Korey Toomer, who was signed off the Raiders practice squad in September, at inside linebacker.