Los Angeles Chargers: Derwin James seen with walking boot, out indefinitely?by Andersen Pickard August 16, 2019 0 comments
Los Angeles is home of some of the biggest football rumors right now.
But the biggest and most severe news came this afternoon in a tweet from NFL.com insider Ian Rapoport, who hears that Los Angeles’ star defensive back, Derwin James, is dealing with a fractured foot. He suffered the injury during practice yesterday. James is in a walking boot and is out indefinitely — or, as Rapoport puts it, “a significant amount of time.”
More on Derwin James: The team says it’s a stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal of his right foot. He’ll continue to be evaluated. https://t.co/4hN2DnmArk
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 16, 2019
This is a massive loss for the Chargers.
James, 23, is coming off a huge rookie season that saw him being selected to the Pro Bowl and named a First-Team All-Pro. The 17th overall pick started all 16 games and picked off three passes while defending 13. He was responsible for 3.5 sacks, six QB hits, four tackles for a loss, and 105 total tackles (75 solo, 35 assisted).
Behind James on the Chargers’ depth chart is injured fifth-year safety, Adrian Phillips. After Phillips is second-year safety, Arrion Springs, and rookie Roderic Teamer, Jr. The free safety position features starter Rayshawn Jenkins, followed by a pair of injured safeties in Jaylen Watkins and Nasir Adderley, and then Adarius Pickett.
It seems inevitable that Los Angeles will search for a replacement for the time being — not a star, but at least someone who can get the job done. This is more likely to come in the form of a signing and not a trade.
Eric Berry, Brent Grimes, Glover Quin, and Rashaan Melvin are among the top free agents available to help replenish Los Angeles’ secondary for the time being.