Anthony Lynn hopes Derwin James returns in 2019 but has no timetable

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The Chargers know they will begin the season without safety Derwin James. They don’t know how many games he will miss with a stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal of his right foot.

Coach Anthony Lynn said Friday he can’t put a timetable on James’ injury.

“I’d like for him to play in 2019, but I don’t know that for sure,” said Lynn, who also said short-term injured reserve is an option depending on the diagnosis from the foot specialist.

James’ injury happened “at some point” during Thursday’s practice.

“But this could have been something that’s been there all along, and it just happened kind of slowly and yesterday it came to a head,” Lynn said, via video from the team. “We’re going to miss him while he’s out, and we’re going to try to get him well and get on the field as soon as we can.”

In 2018, the Chargers lost defensive end Joey Bosa for the first nine games after he injured his foot in training camp. So it’s next-man up for the Chargers without James, who earned Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors as a rookie.

Adrian Phillips will take over the strong safety spot during James’ absence.

“With [James’] production, with his intangibles, we’re going to miss him a lot, but we’re a team,” Lynn said. “I think we have a good team. So we’ll have guys who will step up. We’ll be fine. We lost Joey last year. We were fine until we got him back. We’ll be OK.”

7 responses to “Anthony Lynn hopes Derwin James returns in 2019 but has no timetable

  1. “So we’ll have guys who will step up.”

    I see what he did there.

    “We lost Joey last year. We were fine until we got him back.”

    HAHAHA – I know what he means but he should have worded it differently.

  2. Broke the same bone but on my left foot. It’s a MF for first couple weeks but I was able to cut on it effectively enough after 4, basically 100% after 6

  3. Oh for God’s sake, why was he out there to begin with? “Gotta evaluate that James kid”. This may be a bit of an overreaction, but this season is going down the toilet for the Chargers before it even begins. This is one step towards total derailment. There will be others. It’s always something with this bunch. Same crap every season. This team is jinxed.

  4. I snapped my 5th metatarsal in half at work and had to go back to work while it was still broken. Couldn’t run or spar for a year. You’re screwed without your feet. Tough break for James.

  5. Chargers should be ok. Safety is prob their deepest position. Adrian Phillips was a Swiss Army knife and an excellent safety for them last year, Jenkins and Watkins both have experience starting and their 2nd rounder (Adderley) was considered one of the top 3 safeties in the draft a few months ago. Obviously none have James’ pedigree, but it’s a really deep position for them.

  6. That’s a huge loss considering all the roles he can play in that defense. Hope he can come back soon.

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