Chargers All-Pro safety Derwin James out 3-4 months after surgery on foot fracture

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A day after reports that he had suffered a stress fracture in his foot, Los Angeles Chargers safety Derwin James underwent surgery, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

James’ timeline to return: 3-4 months.

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James’ injury was a stress fracture on his fifth metatarsal in his right foot. He was first seen in a walking boot Friday morning.

Derwin James a big loss for Chargers

This is obviously an enormous blow for the Chargers, who were already dealing with Melvin Gordon’s holdout, Keenan Allen’s ankle injury and Russell Okung’s pulmonary embolism.

James was phenomenal in his rookie season after he fell into the Chargers’ lap with the No. 17 pick in last year’s draft. The 23-year-old earned first-team All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors after posting 105 tackles, 13 pass deflections, three interceptions and 3.5 sacks.

Derwin James leaves a big hole in the Chargers defense. (Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Derwin James leaves a big hole in the Chargers defense. (Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

James was simply everywhere for the Chargers on defense, which will make replacing him for the majority of the regular season very difficult. Among the options are Adrian Phillips, Jaylen Watkins, Adarius Pickett and 2019 second-rounder Nasir Adderley.

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