The Chargers on Sunday made the unsurprising move of placing S Derwin James on IR. By waiting until Sunday, they leave open the possibility of bringing him back late in the season. The timeline on James' receovery from his foot fracture has made late November the likely target all along.
NFL.com reports that the Chargers will place S Derwin James on IR as he recovers and rehabs following foot surgery. James had surgery Thursday in Wisconsin and is expected to miss about 3 months. We'll see if he can make it back in the 2nd half of the season.
NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports that Chargers S Derwin James will have surgery on his right foot and is expected to miss "around 3 months." That timeline would return him in mid-to-late November. The Chargers play Kansas City in Mexico on Nov. 18 and then have their bye in Week 12. At this point, the Week 13 (Dec. 1) game at Denver looks like a hopeful return date for the star defender. All of this means that James doesn't belong in redraft fantasy football plans for this year. We'll see if he's a late-season waiver option. Adrian Phillips stepped in for James at Friday's practice and figures to hold down the starting job. Phillips cracked the top 30 fantasy DBs last year without a clear full-time role. He now carries top-12 upside into this season.
Chargers S Derwin James sustained a stress fracture in the 5th metatarsal of his right foot, the team announced Friday. James will "continue to be evaluated and the course of treatment is still to be determined," ESPN's Eric D. Williams reports. This is the Jones fracture that we've seen strike down several WRs and Greg Olsen in recent seasons. We'll see about the specific return timeline for James, but we have to expect him to miss some regular-season games at this point. Players regularly suffer setbacks when trying to return from the injury, too. This basically takes the top fantasy DB off most IDP draft boards for now. Adrian Phillips filled in for James in Friday's practice, according to Williams. Phillips immediately becomes an intriguing fantasy sleeper. He finished among the top 30 fantasy DBs last year as a S-LB hybrid.
The Chargers grabbed Florida State S Derwin James with the 17th pick of the NFL Draft, a player most throught would leave the board inside the top 10. James finished both of his full healthy seasons as Pro Football Focus' top-graded safety. He should see an immediate starting role in an already-strong D.