After the 2018 NFL Draft, much ado was made about the Raiders passing on Florida State safety Derwin James in favor of UCLA tackle Kolton Miller. When James turned out to be one of the best safeties in the league and Miller struggled, that ado turned into a full-on hullabaloo. But this year, Miller looks much improved while James has suffered a serious injury that will sideline him well into the regular season.
The #Chargers suffered a tough loss yesterday in practice. Sources say star safety Derwin James will be out a significant amount of time, but how much is still undetermined, as of now. He injured his foot yesterday and was spotted in a boot today.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 16, 2019
That seems bad. But how are the rest of the Chargers doing?
Notable Chargers:— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 16, 2019
* RB Melvin Gordon: holding out, willing to miss games
* S Derwin James: fractured 5th metatarsal, no timetable to return
* LT Russell Okung: on non-football illness list after a pulmonary embolism
* WR Keenan Allen: ankle surgery, likely to miss preseason
But James will be back soon, right?
Surgery to insert a screw likely ahead for @Chargers S @DerwinJames for a foot stress fracture per @ProFootballDoc on @SiriusXMNFL. Minimum time out -- Doc estimates -- is six weeks. More likely: IR with designation to return. Must be cautious in recovery to avoid re-injury— Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) August 16, 2019
Ask Yao Ming how well foot fractures heal. This seems like a thing that could last a decently long time, and without James a really good Chargers defense will just be okay. The Raiders don’t play the Chargers until Week 10, and then again in Week 16, so it remains to be seen whether James will miss either of those games. Either way, the Chargers are one of Oakland’s biggest stumbling blocks as they try to reach the playoffs this season and beyond, so any struggles they may have are good for the Silver and Black.