Los Angeles Chargers safety Derwin James sidelined by foot surgery
Last Updated: 19/08/19 2:04pm
Los Angeles Chargers All-Pro safety Derwin James will have surgery on his right foot and is set to be sidelined for approximately three months.
James suffered a stress fracture in his fifth metatarsal during practice on Thursday and was in a walking boot on Friday.
The three-month timetable, reported by NFL Network on Saturday, leaves open the possibility of James returning from injured reserve for the end of the regular season and the playoffs.
He recorded 105 total tackles, 3.5 sacks and three interceptions last season after being selected with the 17th overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft.
The 23-year-old earned Pro Bowl and All-Pro honours and was the first rookie in franchise history to eclipse 100 tackles.
"His production, his intangibles, we're going to miss him a lot," head coach Anthony Lynn said Friday. "But we're a team. I think we have a good team, and we have guys that will step up, and we'll be fine."
James excelled in his final season at Florida State in 2017, collecting 84 tackles (5.5 for loss), two interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) and 11 pass breakups.