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.

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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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