UPDATE: Derwin James is slated to miss a “significant amount of time” with a reported meniscus injury. What looked to be an apparent hamstring injury turned out to be a bit worse than expected. Right now, James is awaiting further test results to help clear up a timetable for return.
#Chargers star safety Derwin James is likely to miss significant time with a meniscus injury he suffered during today’s practice, I’m told. James was expected to be a Defensive Player of the Year candidate and will now have to wait and see when he will be back on the field.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 30, 2020
After postponing their scrimmage that was set to place on Thursday at SoFi Stadium, the Chargers put on their new uniforms and instead held a intra-squad exhibition against each other on Sunday.
Most of the scrimmage went the way you want, without any significant injuries, until things took a turn for the worse near the final whistle.
According to various media members who were at the scrimmage and then conformation by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, safety Derwin James left the field early after coming limping.
Chargers’ S Derwin James walked off today’s practice field and into the medical tent after straining his hamstring, per source. Too early to tell if injury is significant.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 30, 2020
James was reported to have been holding his hamstring, signaling a potential injury there. Per The O.C. Register’s Gilbert Manzano, James chucked his gloves in obvious frustration prior to entering the medical tent.
Derwin James didn’t finish practice. He was touching the back of his right leg before walking off. He threw his gloves before entering the tent #Chargers— Gilbert Manzano (@GManzano24) August 30, 2020
As of right now, the severity of the injury is unknown. A strain hamstring has a rough rehabilitation schedule of two to four week, meaning the worst-case scenario is he missed the first handful of games this season. If things come back even worse than expected, maybe he misses closer to five or six games.
According to Daniel Popper of The Athletic, Trai Turner, Justin Jackson, and Darius Jennings all injured themselves today, as well. Although it wasn’t reported that either injury was anything too serious.