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Chargers safety Derwin James aiming to return this season

Derwin James

It hasn’t taken long for the Los Angeles Chargers to get ravaged by injuries this year, and one of the first blows came on Aug. 22 after the team placed safety Derwin James on the injured reserve list as a result of foot surgery to repair a stress fracture.

But James is holding out hope that he can return at some point this season:

“That’s the goal. That’s the goal,” James said, according to Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register. “… All I know is, man, is I’ve got to keep working and however it’s looking. I know I’ve got to be on there for eight weeks because I’m on IR. So however it’s looking, I’m going to look at it and play it smart and keep working my butt off like I’m doing every day. I want to be out there, man.”

James also said that this is an injury he has been dealing with since college, as he initially suffered it heading into his sophomore year at Florida State.

“It was very disappointing because I want to be out there as much as I can especially with the momentum I was having coming into the season so it kind of sucks,” James said. “But it’s part of ball.”

Los Angeles defeated the Indianapolis Colts in its season opener last Sunday and will take on the the Detroit Lions
this weekend.