Chargers' James out with stress fracture in foot

Ross Houston
August 18, 2019

Los Angeles Chargers All-Pro safety Derwin James (foot) came down with a stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal of his right foot on Thursday and will be out indefinitely.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported that "Derwin James will be out a significant amount of time, but how much is still undetermined, as of now".

The 17th pick in last year's draft, James was a first-team All-Pro and Pro Bowler, starting every game for the Chargers. So far, there is no official word on the exact injury.

The Chargers suffered a tough loss yesterday in practice.

This isn't the kind of injury that heals quickly and it's likely he'll miss a significant chunk, if not all of, the 2019 season. Wide receiver Keenan Allen is out with an ankle injury, while offensive tackle Russell Okung is dealing with a pulmonary embolism. These types of ailments typically require surgery and a three-month recovery time. He tallied 105 tackles, 3.5 sacks and three interceptions. His production in his first year earned him All-Pro honors. If James is a stubborn player who recovers quickly, it could be a short-term problem; if the team has won four straight games to open the season, maybe they can wait a little bit longer, as they did with Joey Bosa in 2018. NoleGameday will continue to track and update this story as more information on James' injury becomes available.

The Chargers already are playing without running back Melvin Gordon, who is holding out of camp in a contract dispute.

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