Jul 29, 2021; Costa Mesa, CA, United States; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) during training camp at Jack Hammett Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers to sit Justin Herbert, other starters all preseason

The players working to earn a spot on the Los Angeles Chargers roster will have more opportunities to show their stuff.

That’s because first-year head coach Brandon Staley said Thursday that at least eight players won’t see a snap in postseason games.

Sitting out all three games will be quarterback Justin Herbert, the 2020 Offensive Rookie of the Year, as well as former All-Pro safety Derwin James, running back Austin Ekeler, tight end Jared Cook, center Corey Linsley, right tackle Bryan Bulaga and defensive tackle Linval Joseph.

Staley was an assistant coach on the Los Angeles Rams staff of Sean McVay, who said recently that new quarterback Matthew Stafford will be on the sidelines for the preseason games

The Chargers open the preseason Saturday against the Rams at SoFi Stadium, which the two teams share. Washington Football Team will host the Chargers in the season opener on Sept. 12.

–Field Level Media

Aug 14, 2019; Costa Mesa, CA, USA: Los Angeles Chargers safety Derwin James (33) during training camp at the Jack Hammett Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers S James out for 2020 after knee surgery

Los Angeles Chargers safety Derwin James underwent successful surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee and will be placed on the injured reserve list.

“James is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for the start of the 2021 season,” the team announced on social media Tuesday.

James, 24, sustained the injury in practice on Sunday and surgery was performed Monday.

A first-round pick (17th overall) in 2018, James was a first-team All-Pro and a Pro Bowl selection as a rookie after registering 105 tackles, 13 passes defensed, 3.5 sacks and three interceptions in 16 starts.

He missed most of last season due to a broken right foot, returning for the final five games but registering no sacks and no interceptions.

–Field Level Media

Dec 15, 2019; Carson, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers free safety Derwin James (33) looks on during the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Dignity Health Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Chargers S James (knee) out for season

Los Angeles Chargers safety Derwin James, who sustained a right knee injury in practice Sunday, needs surgery that will cost him the entire season, multiple media outlets reported Monday.

Both ESPN and NFL.com reported that James’ operation carries a six- to eight-month recovery period.

Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said Monday regarding James, “There’s a lot of speculation about his injury. When we know more about that, we’ll be in touch. But right now, I don’t want to get into too much detail about what happened with him because we don’t really know the final results yet. Let’s just leave it at that.”

James, 24, was a first-team All-Pro and a Pro Bowl selection as a rookie in 2018, when he logged 3.5 sacks, three interceptions, 13 passes defensed and 105 tackles.

Last year, James missed most of the season due to a broken right foot, returning for the final five games but registering no sacks and no interceptions.

Lynn said regarding bringing in a possible roster replacement for James, “We have a lot of guys here in this camp that know our system really well. Since you (media) guys are consistently telling me how stacked we are in the secondary, why the hell would I be looking anywhere else?”

–Field Level Media

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

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