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Chargers safety Derwin James not ready to practice yet

Derwin James, Chargers

Los Angeles Chargers safety Derwin James is eligible to return from the injured reserve list, but while he is making progress, head coach Anthony Lynn says he is not ready to practice just yet.

“He’s doing just fine,” said Lynn, per Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk. “I think he’s right on schedule. I don’t like to put a timetable on players’ injuries, but he’s working hard. When he’s ready, trust me, he’ll be back on the field. But that may be some time.”

The Chargers placed James on injured reserve back in late August as a result of surgery to repair a foot issue that had plagued him since his sophomore year at Florida State. He has stated that his goal is to return before the end of the season.

James was originally selected by Los Angeles in the first round (17th pick overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft.

He enjoyed a spectacular rookie campaign, racking up 105 tackles, 3.5 sacks, three interceptions and 13 passes defended, making a Pro Bowl appearance and earning a First-Team All-Pro selection.

While James’ absence has obviously stung, he has hardly been the only issue with the Chargers this season.

Expected by many to contend for a Super Bowl appearance, Los Angeles has gone just 3-5 over the first half of the year thanks to injuries up and down the roster and underwhelming performance across the board.

The Bolts had lost three games in a row prior to last Sunday, when they finally snapped their skid with a season-saving 17-16 win over the Chicago Bears.

Los Angeles will need another victory this weekend when it hosts the Green Bay Packers.