Los Angeles Chargers safety Derwin James is on track to made his season debut in Week 13 after the team’s bye, ESPN reported Thursday.
Per the report, James has been running pain free in his recovery from preseason foot surgery, in which a new screw was inserted in his right foot after an old screw — from an operation while at Florida State — bent during a training camp practice.
NFL Network reports James is expected to return at some point in December, assuming the Chargers are still in contention for the playoffs, but that there’s been no discussion about a firm date.
After Thursday night’s game at Oakland, the Chargers host Kansas City on Nov. 18, then have a bye in Week 12 before visiting Denver on Dec. 1.
James has yet to practice and remains on injured reserve, but he can be activated to practice or play at any time.
The 23-year-old was named first-team All-Pro as a rookie after collecting 105 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 13 passes defensed and three interceptions as a rookie last season. He was drafted 17th overall out of Florida State in 2018.