Chargers place Derwin James on injured reserve
The Los Angeles Chargers have completed their 53-man roster for the season. They also managed to pull off an impressive move on one of their big roster problems in the injured Derwin James.
The Bolts’ first-round pick of the 2018 draft was apparently put on the injured reserve by the coaching staff as they await his recovery. Eric Williams reveals more on the decision the team made:
Chargers announce they've re-signed S Jaylen Watkins and placed Derwin James on IR.
— Eric Williams (@eric_d_williams) September 1, 2019
It was a decision that would help the team fill out the necessary space while they allow their star safety time to properly recover from the injury he sustained during preseason.
Andrew Cunneen asked for clarification on why the former Florida State stalwart wasn’t included in the final 53 and if he was waived. Williams quickly clarified that James had to be in the final roster for at least 24 hours before he was put on the list.
The situation was a win-win for all of the parties involved. The Chargers get to start with a complete 53-man pool against the Indianapolis Colts; Watkins will be able to get reps and provide defensive coverage; James should be able to focus on rehabbing his injured foot.
James was injured during the team’s preseason match against the New Orleans Saints. He damaged the fifth metatarsal in his right foot. He is expected to miss considerable time, with the earliest estimates for his return being on Week 9.
They will miss their star defender’s impact on their defensive efficiency. He was named to the Pro Bowl and the First-Team All-Pro in his rookie season as a testament to his talent. The team and the fans cannot wait for his return.