Dec 15, 2019; Carson, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers free safety Derwin James (33) warms up before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Dignity Health Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

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Chargers S James (meniscus) to miss ‘significant time’

San Diego Chargers safety Derwin James is expected to miss “significant time” because of a meniscus injury suffered during Sunday’s practice, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

James, who was selected first-team All-Pro as a rookie in 2018, was awaiting further medical evaluation on Sunday night. Rapoport tweeted that James could miss about four weeks if the meniscus needs trimmed, or he could be out several months if the meniscus needs repaired. Even in the best-case scenario, James will miss the start of the season for the second consecutive year.

James collected 105 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 13 passes defended and three interceptions as a rookie after being drafted 17th overall out of Florida State in 2018. He began last season on injured reserve due to a preseason foot surgery, but he returned to start the final five games and finish with 34 tackles, including three for loss.

He suffered the meniscus injury in a scrimmage Sunday and headed to the medical tent.

–Field Level Media

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