Los Angeles Los Angeles Chargers Safety Derwin James will not be suspended for the vicious punch he delivered to Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Ashton Dulin, which left both players in concussion protocol Monday night, according to a report.
James, 26, will not be suspended for the play that sent him off late in the second quarter of Monday night’s game, but could still be subject to a ticket from the NFLa source told NFL Network.
James was penalized for unnecessary roughness and was ultimately ejected from the game with just over five minutes left in the first half. The hit sent Dulin to the locker room and he was ultimately ruled out with a concussion.
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Head coach Brandon Staley apparently defended James after the game, saying he believed the three-time Pro Bowler was trying to lead with his shoulder, not his head.
“It’s a play where they obviously put the guy in a difficult position, which is his fault, not ours, and Derwin made an aggressive play. We all know Derwin isn’t going to try to do that to anybody.”
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He continued: “We’ll have to see it, but I know what Derwin’s intentions are. I’ve seen him make a lot of tackles on plays like that, and I know his target wasn’t above the neck. I know that one.”
Staley said James was placed in the concussion protocol.
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According to NFL Network, he was still in protocol as of Tuesday.
Monday night’s 20-3 win over the Colts clinched Los Angeles’ playoff spot for the first time since 2018.