During their loss to the Detroit Lions this morning, the Los Angeles Chargers also lost defensive back Adrian Phillips to an apparent arm injury. Thanks to NFL Network’s Adam Schefter, we now have some additional detail. Unfortunately, that detail is not in the form of good news. The closest thing the Chargers had to a Derwin James replacement has broken his forearm and the timetable for his return is that there is not one. He will be on the shelf indefinitely.
The rapidly thinning secondary depth is not thinning any less rapidly today. There is no obvious candidate to fill Phillips’ shoes. Presumably, they will ask Jaylen Watkins to try, but this is a task that is a little outside of his skill set. Gus Bradley is going to have to get creative, and he is probably going to have to start putting Nasir Adderley and Drue Tranquill on the field sooner and more frequently than he is comfortable with.
Chargers’ safety Adrian Phillips — who was replacing the injured standout safety Derwin James — broke his forearm during Sunday’s loss at Detroit and is now expected to be sidelined indefinitely, per league source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 16, 2019