Derwin James suffers injury during Los Angeles Chargers practice

After a promising rookie season that him blossom into one of the young defensive stars in the NFL, former Florida State defensive back Derwin James has suffered an injury that’s expected to affect his availability for the beginning of the 2019 season. According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, James was injured during Thursday’s practice and was spotted today in a walking boot. Rapoport says the team has told him that the former Seminole has a stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot. These types of ailments typically require surgery and a three-month recovery time.

The Haines City native started all 16 regular-season games and two postseason games for the Los Angeles Chargers in 2018. James totaled 105 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 13 pass deflections, and 3 interceptions during his rookie season while becoming one of the top defensive players on the Chargers roster. To culminate his first year in the league, the talented safety was selected to the NFL’s All-Rookie team.

He was expected to play an even bigger role in Los Angeles’ success in 2019. NoleGameday will continue to track and update this story as more information on James’ injury becomes available.

UPDATE 8/17:

James will have surgery on his right foot next week with the expectation he’ll be out three to four months. Big blow to the Chargers secondary.

UPDATE 8/20:

The injury to James’ foot right was caused by a surgery he originally had at Florida State. A screw bent in his right and it needed to be removed. That’s why his recovery time is longer, the bone has to regrow.

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