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Los Angeles Chargers Pro Bowl cornerback Casey Hayward left practice early today with an ankle injury, per LA Daily News’ Jack Wang.
Chargers coach Anthony Lynn’s optimism about Hayward’s condition was a welcome report as he is not a player that Los Angeles can afford to lose. Last season, Hayward led the NFL in interceptions with seven, posted 57 tackle, 20 passes defensed and an incredible Pro Football Focus player grade of 88.9.
His counterparts, cornerbacks Jason Verrett and Trovon Reed, had poor PFF grades of 63.6 and 69.9 respectively and Verrett was only able to finish one quarter of the season on the field.
Verrett should bounce back this year and Chargers general manager Tom Telesco wisely added rookie defensive backs Desmond King and Rayshawn Jenkins to the mix, however, none of that diminishes how important Hayward is to this Bolts defense.
More news on Hayward’s condition as it comes in.
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