Mike McCoy not happy with draft pick for playing dodgeball while injured

The Chargers are not happy with draft pick Denzel Perryman.
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By Gordon Dixon

The Chargers selected linebacker Denzel Perryman during the second round of this year’s NFL Draft, and they are still waiting to see what he can do.

Perryman has yet to participate in the team’s organized team activities due to a hamstring injury. Given that he has not yet been cleared to practice, it’s perhaps not surprising the Chargers weren’t exactly pleased with his participation in a charity dodgeball event over the weekend.

Based on this video from the event, Perryman looked quite nimble and not affected much by the hamstring. He actually displayed some pretty impressive moves. However, Chargers head coach Mike McCoy probably would have preferred if Perryman just watched.

“It’s been discussed,” McCoy said via the San Diego Union-Tribune. “That’s all I’m going to say. I’ve discussed it with him. That’s it. You’ve got to get past these tests here before you do all of that stuff.”

The important thing is that Perryman looks to have made it through the event without making the injury worse. And, at least the tournament was for a good cause. That said, the Chargers have taken the cautious route with their rookie so far so it’s at least somewhat understandable that they have taken such a stance.

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