Derwin James injury update: Chargers' star safety to miss 'significant' time with broken foot

Derwin James injury update: Chargers' star safety to miss 'significant' time with broken foot

It appears the Chargers will open the season without one of their best defensive players. 

All-Pro safety Derwin James is set to miss a “significant amount of time” after suffering a foot injury in practice Thursday, NFL Media reported Friday. 

The team said James broke the fifth metatarsal in his right foot and a course of treatment is still being determined. 

Chargers beat writers noted earlier in the day that James was wearing a walking boot.

Losing the 23-year-old for an extended period would be a significant blow to the Los Angeles defense. 

The former Florida State standout was the 17th overall pick in last year’s draft and started all 16 games as a rookie, making the Pro Bowl and earning first-team All-Pro honors from the Associated Press and Pro Football Writers of America. 

The Chargers already are playing without running back Melvin Gordon, who is holding out of camp in a contract dispute.