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Chargers All-Pro safety James to have surgery on right foot

Sun Aug 18 8:12pm ET
By JOE REEDY
AP Sports Writer

Players: Keenan Allen, Melvin Gordon

Los Angeles Chargers free safety Derwin James (33) grips the jersey of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) in the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)


Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) greets Los Angeles Chargers free safety Derwin James (33) after an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)


CARSON, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Chargers All-Pro safety Derwin James will have surgery on his right foot this week and could miss three months

Coach Anthony Lynn said Sunday after Los Angeles' 19-17 exhibition loss to New Orleans on Sunday that James has opted for surgery after receiving more evaluations the past couple days. He suffered a stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal of his right foot during Thursday's practice against the Saints.

James would likely be placed on injured reserve with a designation to return, meaning he could not be activated until after Week 8. If he is out the full three months, he would likely not be back until the final five games of the season.

This will be the second straight year the Chargers will go into the season without one of their top players on defense. Defensive end Joey Bosa missed the first nine games last season due to turf toe.

James quickly made an impact as a rookie last season. The 17th-overall pick led the team in tackles with 105 along with four interceptions, 3.5 sacks and 13 passes defensed. He had two sacks and an interception in the first three games, becoming the first rookie in a non-strike year since Dallas' Bill Bates in 1983 to accomplish that.

Adrian Phillips will take over at free safety while James is sidelined. Rayshawn Jenkins is also a possibility to move over from strong safety, but with second-round pick Nasir Adderley still trying to work his way back from a hamstring injury. Phillips and Jenkins both saw time at free safety during Sunday's game.

The Chargers are considered to be one of the AFC's favorites but have had a smooth training camp. Running back Melvin Gordon is holding out, left tackle Russell Okung is out due to blood clots, and wide receiver Keenan Allen is dealing with an ankle injury.

Player Notes
Allen Lazard Sep 21 8:30pm ET

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard had a quiet day in Week 2 against the Lions, though he was still sneakily involved in the offense. Lazard saw five targets, which was an improvement on the four looks he saw in Week 1. He hasn't put up amazing numbers yet, though he has been on the field far more often than fellow wideout Marquez Valdes-Scantling, who has had better stats so far. Interestingly enough, quarterback Aaron Rodgers has a higher passer rating when targeting Lazard than when he throws to Valdes-Scantling or star receiver Davante Adams. These are reasons to keep the 24-year-old stashed on fantasy benches. Lazard has a couple of fantasy-friendly matchups on the way against the Packers in Week 3 and the Falcons in Week 4.

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Kerryon Johnson Sep 21 8:10pm ET

Detroit Lions running back Kerryon Johnson led the Detroit backfield in carries and scored a rushing touchdown in a 42-21 loss to the Packers in Week 2. It should be noted that Detroit had to abandon the run earlier than they would have liked in this one, considering how quickly Green Bay jumped out to a lead. So in reality, leading the backfield in touches sounds much more impressive than it actually was, as Johnson ended up with only eight touches. It wasn't a bad showing, but Johnson's role is just too unpredictable with D'Andre Swift and Adrian Peterson also manning the backfield. He's likely not worth rostering a this point, unless injuries force him into action.

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Nick Bosa Sep 21 8:00pm ET

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa (knee) has suffered a torn ACL and is out for the remainder of the season. The team was fearful that he would miss significant time and the MRI confirmed those fears. The 22-year-old was a big reason why the 49ers fielded arguably the league's best defense last season, as he registered nine sacks as a rookie and made the Pro Bowl. It's a crushing blow for a defense that was looking to prove that 2019 was no fluke. With multiple injuries on defense in addition to Bosa, the 49ers' unit is one that will have to be downgraded for fantasy purpose moving forward.

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Henry Ruggs III Sep 21 7:50pm ET

Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III (knee) is active and will take the field against the New Orleans Saints on Monday night. Ruggs III was expected to play after upgrading to a limited session on Friday and taking the practice field again on Saturday, though it is always nice to get the official word. It's possible that the rookie isn't 100 percent for this one, but his speed and big-play ability will still have to be respected by the New Orleans defense. Look at him as a boom-or-bust WR4 for a contest that has the potential to be high-scoring.

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Drew Lock Sep 21 6:00pm ET

Denver Broncos quarterback Jeff Driskel led an unlikely comeback against the Steelers in Week 2 that ultimately fell short after Drew Lock (shoulder) was injured. Driskel took six sacks and absorbed 17 hits from a ferocious Pittsburgh defense, but the Broncos were 15 yards away from a stunning upset on the road. With Lock out at least several weeks, Driskel will continue to lead Denver's offense, beginning in Week 3 against the Buccaneers. In the end, he completed 18 of 34 passes for 256 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the 26-21 loss, adding two rushes for five yards. Even though Driskel exceeded expectations in a tough situation, he'll be low-end QB2 streamer going forward in superflex leagues.

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Seattle Seahawks Sep 21 5:50pm ET

Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker Bruce Irvin (knee) tore his ACL in the Week 2 win over the Patriots on Sunday night and will miss the rest of the 2020 season, according to a source. It's a tough blow for the 32-year-old veteran, especially since the Seahawks Defense had allowed close to 1,000 total yards of offense combined to the Falcons and Patriots in the first two weeks. Rookie first-rounder Jordyn Brooks will need to step up in the middle of Seattle's defense for the rest of the season. Against a Cowboys team that made a miraculous comeback in Week 2 with over 40 points, you should be looking to avoid the Seahawks defense in fantasy.

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Baltimore Ravens Sep 21 5:40pm ET

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh confirmed that nickel cornerback Tavon Young (knee) will miss the rest of the 2020 season after suffering a torn ACL in the Week 2 win over the Texans. The 26-year-old had just two combined tackles in two games this year, but it's a blow to Baltimore's secondary moving forward. It could immediately become an issue heading into the Week 3 showdown against the Chiefs on Monday Night Football, making Tyreek Hill a better option to go off deep down the field. While the Ravens Defense surely won't have as much high-end fantasy upside this week against the defending Super Bowl champions, they're still in play as a starting unit.

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Tevin Coleman Sep 21 5:30pm ET

San Francisco 49ers running back Tevin Coleman (knee) is expected to miss "multiple weeks" after suffering a knee injury in the Week 2 win over the Jets, according to a source. The Niners are expected to be without both Coleman and Raheem Mostert (knee) for Week 3 against the Giants, which would leave Jerick McKinnon as the primary running back. Jeff Wilson Jr. will also have a role in this backfield, but McKinnon is the one you should be targeting on the waiver wire if you own Mostert or Coleman or one of the other handful of backs that suffered injuries in a crazy Week 2. Don't be surprised if Coleman is placed on Injured Reserve, which would make him droppable in shallow leagues if you don't have the room to hold onto him.

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DeVante Parker Sep 21 5:03pm ET

Miami Dolphins CB Byron Jones (Achilles, groin) did not participate in practice Monday, Sept. 21. S Clayton Fejedelem (pectoral), CB Xavien Howard (knee), DE Shaq Lawson (hip) and WR DeVante Parker (hamstring) were limited. RB Matt Breida (ankle), WR Jakeem Grant (shoulder), DE Emmanuel Ogbah (ankle), LB Elandon Roberts (concussion) and LB Kyle Van Noy (hand) practiced in full. The Dolphins did not hold a practice Monday, so the report is an estimation.

From TheHuddle

Tevin Coleman Sep 21 4:53pm ET

San Francisco 49ers RB Tevin Coleman (knee) suffered a knee injury in Week 2 against the New York Jets that is expected to sideline him for 'multiple weeks,' according to a source.

Fantasy Spin: Coleman is expected to join Raheem Mostert on the sideline for Week 3 and perhaps longer. As a result, undrafted rookie free agent JaMycal Hasty is expected to be elevated from the practice squad to join Jerick McKinnon and Jeff Wilson as the three active backs versus the New York Giants. McKinnon is expected to get the start and would be the recommended fantasy play but may be kept under 15 touches given his injury history. Nevertheless, he would be a high-upside flex play in that matchup.

From TheHuddle

Tyrod Taylor Sep 21 4:43pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor (chest) missed the team's Week 2 game versus the Kansas City Chiefs after experiencing complications from a pregame injection that was administered to address a rib injury, according to multiple sources. Taylor's status for Week 3 against the Carolina Panthers is not yet clear, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport.

Fantasy Spin: Justin Herbert shined in his first pro start against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2 and nearly led the Chargers to an upset of the reigning Super Bowl champions. Considering their upcoming opponent and the fact they will be without Christian McCaffrey, it may be the prudent move for the Chargers to turn to the rookie yet again. With that said, only fantasy owners in superflex or two-quarterback leagues should consider Herbert this week.

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DeMarcus Walker Sep 21 4:43pm ET

Denver Broncos DL DeMarcus Walker (calf) suffered a calf injury in Week 2 that is expected to keep them from playing 'multiple weeks,' according to head coach Vic Fangio.

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Sterling Shepard Sep 21 4:23pm ET

New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard (toe) is believed to be dealing with turf toe and expected to miss 'some time,' according to a source via NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Fantasy Spin: Week 2 marked the first time in Daniel Jones' pro career that he had Saquon Barkley, Shepard, Golden Tate, Darius Slayton and Evan Engram all available at the same time, but it was short-lived and obviously won't happen again in 2020 with Barkley's ACL injury. Assuming Shepard misses at least a couple of games, Slayton and Tate are good bets to flirt with WR3 production, although starting either player will come with limited upside against the San Francisco Giants in Week 3.

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Chester Rogers Sep 21 4:23pm ET

Free-agent WR Chester Rogers, DB Breon Borders and DB Greg Mabin were added to the practice squad of the Tennessee Titans on Monday, Sept. 21. The Titans released DL Kobe Smith, DB Picasso Nelson and DB Maurice B. Smith from the practice squad to make room.

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Raheem Mostert Sep 21 4:03pm ET

Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers RB Raheem Mostert (knee) suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in Week 2 and is unlikely to play in Week 3 against the New York Giants, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan.

Fantasy Spin: During what was a brutal day for injuries on Sunday, Mostert appears to have gotten off easy. MCL sprains are no joke and can require multi-week absences, but the 28-year-old back seems shouldn't miss too much time. Expect the 49ers to exercise plenty of caution with Mostert this week in a game they should be able to win without him. Jerick McKinnon has been exceptional thus far for San Francisco and would be the preferred flex play over Tevin Coleman should Mostert sit versus the Giants.

From TheHuddle

Tevin Coleman Sep 21 4:00pm ET

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said that the team is concerned about running back Tevin Coleman (knee), who suffered a knee injury in the Week 2 win over the Jets. Coleman is awaiting the results from an MRI exam. Even with Raheem Mostert (knee) missing the entire second half, Coleman carried the ball 14 times for just 12 yards while also catching two passes for 28 yards against New York. Mostert and Coleman could both be forced to miss time going forward, making Jerick McKinnon -- who outperformed Coleman on Sunday -- a must-add off the waiver wire heading into Week 3. Check back for updates on Coleman's status.

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Anthony Barr Sep 21 3:50pm ET

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said that linebacker Anthony Barr (pectoral) suffered a torn pectoral muscle in the Week 2 loss to the Colts and will be placed on Injured Reserve. The first-round pick out of UCLA in 2014 didn't accumulate any stats on Sunday before suffering the injury, one that will keep him out for the rest of the 2020 season. The Vikings are already reeling at 0-2 to start the season with losses to the Packers and Colts, and their defense can't be trusted right now in fantasy leagues, especially after losing Barr in the middle of the field.

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Jimmy Garoppolo Sep 21 3:50pm ET

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said that quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo's (ankle) high ankle sprain isn't severe. Garoppolo will be week-to-week and has a chance of playing in Week 3 against the Giants. He was on his way to a big game against the Jets before the injury, throwing for 131 yards and two touchdowns, but this is some good news for a team that also lost running back Raheem Mostert (knee) and All-Pro pass-rusher Nick Bosa (knee) in the same game. However, the Jimmy G should be expected to hand the ball off plenty against New York this Sunday if he is cleared to make the start. Consider Garoppolo a shaky QB2 option in superflex leagues heading into Week 3 matchups. If he can't play, Nick Mullens will make the start.

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Saquon Barkley Sep 21 3:40pm ET

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (knee) will officially miss the rest of the 2020 season after an MRI exam confirmed a torn ACL in his right knee. With Barkley missing the rest of the year, the Giants are bringing in veteran free-agent running back Devonta Freeman for a workout. As of now, expect Wayne Gallman to see early down carries in this backfield, with Dion Lewis serving as the third-down back. This could be a season-ender for Barkley's fantasy managers as well, with the running back coming off the board second overall in a lot of leagues. Lewis will be worth a pickup in PPR leagues, but this backfield would become even more unpredictable if the team were to sign Freeman.

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Seattle Seahawks Sep 21 3:40pm ET

The Seattle Seahawks fear that outside linebacker Bruce Irvin (knee) tore his ACL in the Sunday night win over the Patriots, according to a source. Irvin will undergo more tests to confirm. The 32-year-old veteran isn't on the IDP radar at this point in his career, but he brings veteran leadership to this Seattle defense. He's had five combined tackles in two starts in 2020. The Seahawks Defense should be avoided for now, regardless of Irvin's status moving forward, as they've allowed 986 offensive yards to the Falcons and Patriots in the first two weeks of the season. Rookie first-rounder Jordyn Brooks will see more playing time if Irvin is lost for the season.

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