It seems like basically every year, the Los Angeles Chargers suffer a crushing injury or two. This summer’s victim was star safety Derwin James.
James fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot last week and needs surgery. A previous report indicated he will be sidelined around three months.
The newest update, courtesy of Adam Schefter, provides even more details. James’ surgery is scheduled for Thursday, and he will apparently have a screw removed from his foot.
It was previously inserted during his freshman season at Florida State and was bent last week.
Schefter reports that James will be out 3-4 months.
Chargers S Derwin James is scheduled to undergo foot surgery in North Carolina on Thursday, per source. A screw that James had inserted in his foot as a freshman at Florida State bent last week and doctors determined it’s best to remove it. James is expected back in 3-4 months.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 19, 2019
Looking ahead using that 3-4 month timeline, that means James is at least out through November, most likely. Would he really be able to return for the Chargers’ five-game stretch run, which begins on December 1.
Being the competitor that he is, you know James wants to get back on the field this season. However, the Chargers should exercise caution with him, particularly if the team is not in the playoff hunt.
James garnered first-team All-Pro honors as a rookie in 2018, compiling 105 tackles, 3.5 sacks and three interceptions.
This isn’t the first time he’s dealt with injuries in his career. As a sophomore at FSU in 2016, James was limited to only two games while dealing with a torn meniscus and cartilage damage in his knee.