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.

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Chargers S Derwin James is active for today's game against the Broncos, and the team says he'll start in place of Roderic Teamer. HC Anthony Lynn also said they'd monitor James' playing time, so it's tough to know just how much he'll be on the field. But James is ready if you waited for him in your IDP lineup. The Chargers also announced that rookie LB Drue Tranquill will start in place of Denzel Perryman. Make the switch if you were planning to start Perryman in your fantasy football lineup.

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The Chargers have designated S Derwin James to return from IR, and ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that James is expected to play this week against the Broncos. James opened the season on IR after suffering a foot fracture in August. He was enough of an IDP stud last year for many of us to gamble on putting him back into lineups. We'll factor in some risk of limited playing time when we include James in our Week 13 DB rankings, though.

The Chargers might be getting star S Derwin James back after their Week 11 bye. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday morning that James "has been running pain free and is now poised to return" for Week 12. James had surgery in the summer to insert a screw into his fractured foot. We'll see about James' participation level heading into Week 12, but he's worth stashing now if your roster is deep enough to spare the bench spot.

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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.

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