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Chargers safety Derwin James getting ‘real close’ to return

Los Angeles Chargers safety Derwin James has missed the entire season up to this point recovering from a stress fracture in his foot that required. James has worked hard to rehab to get back on the field and it appears that his return could be close.

“I’m feeling well, feeling better, getting better every day,” James told NFL Network’s Lindsay Rhodes on Tuesday’s edition of NFL Total Access. “Just taking it day-by-day. It’s real close, real soon. I can say that. So just taking it day-by-day. Working hard to get back out there.”

The Chargers are on bye this upcoming week and when asked if he would be back for the team’s next game against the Denver Broncos, James responded with a smile.

“Stay tuned.”

The Chargers currently sit with a 4-7 record and there were some questions if James would be shut down for the rest of the season based on the team’s record.

Coach Anthony Lynn said that wouldn’t be the case, and the best players are going to play no matter what the team’s record is.

“If we got healthy players as good as DJ, if he can play, he’s gonna play,” Lynn said. “We’re not tanking, guys. We’re 4-7. Last time I checked we have five games left.”

Last season as a rookie James was a Pro Bowler and a first-team all-pro and should be a big boost for the Chargers secondary. The biggest issue now is it’s probably too late for James to have a big boost on the team’s win-loss record.