Chargers’ defensive rotation still fluid after multiple injuries to starters – Orange County Register

COSTA MESA — In his first NFL regular-season game, Desmond King saw the field for just three defensive plays.

In his second? The defensive back introduced himself to StubHub Center with the Chargers’ starting defense — and stayed off the sideline for another 55 snaps.

“I expected to play,” King said, “but not that much.”

The fifth-round pick out of Iowa is one of several Chargers whose playing time on defense has yo-yoed through the first two weeks of the season — the result of injuries to a pair of key players: Denzel Perryman, the middle linebacker who underwent preseason ankle surgery; and Jason Verrett, the former Pro Bowl cornerback whose knee issues cropped up again after playing in the season opener.

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