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Corey Liuget nabs AFC defensive player of the week

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Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel (3) nearly fumbles the ball as he gets sacked by San Diego Chargers Corey Liuget (94) and Reggie Walker, right, during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Orchard Park, N.Y. The Chargers won 22-10. (AP Photo/The Buffalo News, Harry Scull Jr.)


The Chargers improved to 2-1 against the Bills last Sunday and they got a big performance from defensive end Corey Liuget on the way to victory.

Liuget had six tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in San Diego’s 22-10 victory. His pass rush also helped force Bills quarterback EJ Manuel into an intentional grounding penalty while he was in the end zone, which gave the Chargers a safety. Liuget’s work caught the eye of those that make the decisions about the NFL’s weekly honors.

Liuget has been named the AFC’s defensive player of the week, a nice piece of recognition for a player who has quietly become one of the best 3-4 defensive ends in the league. Liuget now has two sacks and 13 tackles on the year, which puts him on an early pace to rack up the biggest numbers of his career in those two areas.

The Chargers wisely picked up their 2015 option on Liuget’s services this offseason even though he was recovering from shoulder surgery. There have been no ill effects from that procedure and exercising the option should be a precursor to an agreement that keeps Liuget in San Diego for the long term.