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Despite the loss, the Chargers have to be pleased with what they saw from Corey Liuget on Sunday.
The fourth-year defensive end finished his big day with four stops, two tackles for loss, a batted pass, two QB hits, a sack and a forced fumble. Liuget was, by far, the most disruptive player on the field Sunday and looks more than fully recovered from the ankle injury he had been dealing with the last couple of weeks.
San Diego's most recent acquisition, Doug Worthington, was another bright spot. The former Washington player had four tackles, a QB hit and teamed up on a sack with undrafted rookie Chris Davis.
The defensive line didn't have the best of luck with injuries, however, as two players had to be carted off. Kwame Geathers, San Diego's second option at defensive tackle, left the game with a knee injury. Undrafted rookie Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe suffered the same setback.
Starting defensive tackle Sean Lissemore sat out Sunday's game with an ankle injury, which left the Chargers particularly thin in the middle of the defensive line. Ryan Carrethers, the team's fifth-round draft pick, did see action but still doesn't look ready for an extended role in John Pagano's defense.
The injury to Geathers is alarming, but Liuget's performance does bring some comfort.