The Los Angeles Chargers were dealt a devastating injury blow when it was learned that safety Derwin James will miss the 2020 season. According to multiple reports, James needs knee surgery and is expected be out six to eight months.
ESPN and NFL Network, each citing a source, were the first to report the seriousness of James' injury, which he suffered on Sunday.
James – a first-team All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection in his rookie season of 2018 – also missed significant playing time last season with a stress fracture in his right foot. He was placed on injured reserve and missed the first 11 games of the season before returning for the Chargers' game against the Denver Broncos in Week 13.
Derwin James takes part in a Chargers training camp workout. (Photo: Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports)
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James, the 17th overall selection in the 2018 NFL draft, was part of a Chargers defense that entered 2020 with high expectations. Defensive end Joey Bosa signed the richest contract for a defensive player in NFL history. Two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Linval Joseph joined a defensive line that also included three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Melvin Ingram.
The Chargers also possess a deep defensive backfield. Four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Chris Harris was signed in the offseason and joined a secondary that also includes two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Casey Hayward, 2019 second-round draft pick Nasir Adderley and 2018 All-Pro Desmond King.
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