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Chargers CB Verrett set for season-ending knee surgery

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By DAN GREENSPAN

Associated Press

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Jason Verrett will undergo season-ending knee surgery for the second consecutive year.

Verrett will end the season on injured reserve for the third time in his four-year career. Verrett was limited to six games as a rookie because of a shoulder injury, and he played in four games last season before undergoing surgery to repair a partially torn ACL.

Verrett started the season opener against the Denver Broncos and had one tackle, but head coach Anthony Lynn had concerns about Verrett's health before that game. Verrett then missed last week's loss to the Miami Dolphins because of soreness in his surgically repaired left knee.

"It was never right in my opinion, just watching him in practice," Lynn said. "But he's such a competitor he kept wanting to go out, save himself and play the first week. But he wasn't able to play to his standard. So we just want him to get healthy."

Trevor Williams, a second-year undrafted free agent from Penn State, will replace Verrett in the starting lineup.

When he has been available, Verrett has looked every bit worth the first-round pick the Chargers used on him in 2014. Verrett played in the Pro Bowl in 2015, intercepting three passes and defending 12 while starting 14 games.

The Chargers signed linebacker Nick Dzubnar from their practice squad to fill the vacant roster spot.

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Updated September 23, 2017

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