Chargers safety Derwin James Jr. misses practice because of injured toe

Chargers free safety Derwin James pursues during season opener at Washington.
Free safety Derwin James apparently hurt his toe during the Chargers’ season opener at Washington.
(Daniel Kucin Jr. / Associated Press)

Chargers safety Derwin James Jr. did not practice Wednesday because of a toe problem, according to the team’s injury report.

Coach Brandon Staley spoke to reporters before practice and did not mention James’ injury. Staley won’t address reporters again until Friday.

James was limited to five games over the last two years because of foot and knee issues. He missed the 2020 season.

He returned Sunday and played all 55 defensive snaps in the Chargers’ 20-16 victory at Washington.


Along with being one of the Chargers’ top players, James also relays the defensive signals in the huddle.

Two other starters in the secondary, cornerback Chris Harris Jr. (shoulder) and safety Nasir Adderley (groin), also didn’t practice. Adderley left the game Sunday but was able to return.

Chargers rookie offensive lineman Rashawn Slater was so good in his NFL debut that it took 24 hours for everyone to notice.

Sept. 14, 2021

Defensive lineman Justin Jones (calf) and edge rusher Kyler Fackrell (knee) also sat out practice. Jones missed time Sunday because of cramping.

Right tackle Bryan Bulaga continues to deal with a lower-back problem and did not practice. He was replaced against Washington by Storm Norton, who is expected to start Sunday against Dallas if Bulaga is unavailable.

The Chargers play the Cowboys beginning 1:25 p.m. at SoFi Stadium.