Chargers safety Derwin James expected to miss 3 months after foot surgery
The Los Angeles Chargers recently revealed that safety Derwin James was expected to miss some time due to a foot injury. It seems they now have a better idea of how long that will be.
The team had ruled James out indefinitely after it was revealed that he suffered a stress fracture on his right foot. According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, he is reportedly expected to miss at least three months after surgery:
Chargers S Derwin James will undergo surgery on his foot following evaluations of the stress fracture in his fifth metatarsal, sources say. He’s expected to be sidelined around three months. The surgery will be performed by noted foot and ankle specialist Robert Anderson.
Los Angeles has made it clear that they are continuing to monitor his injury before determining a course of treatment. Regardless, the prospect of James having to potentially miss anywhere near three months undoubtedly deals a crushing blow to their defense.
James established himself as one of the most promising young players in the league as a rookie. He finished the 2018 campaign with a team-high 105 tackles to go with 3.5 sacks, three interceptions, and 15 pass breakups en route to first-team All-Pro honors. His absence will leave a notable void over the top in the 2019 NFL season.
The reported timetable means he likely would not be able to make his return until some point in November. The Chargers will have already gone through a solid bulk of the regular season, which means they may have to get accustomed to playing without him for quite a while.