Los Angeles Chargers safety Derwin James Jr. has avoided suspension after being ejected for a thunderous helmet-to-helmet shot on Monday Night Football.  As ever, James was flying around the football field in the Chargers’ 20-3 win over Indianapolis. 

The 26-year-old was checked out in the team’s medical tent on the side before being escorted to the locker room visibly upset and following the game head coach Brandon Staley announced that James was placed into concussion protocol. 

Known for his big-hitting ability as Travis Kelce discovered earlier this season, James laid the wood on Colts wideout Ashton Dulin in the second quarter, resulting in their permanent departure from the game. 

According to ESPN, the NFL considered keeping James out of upcoming games. He will miss the Chargers all-LA game vs. the Rams on Sunday due to a concussion. A fine is currently not out of the realms of possibility. Each week, the league reviews plays and agreed with the on-field personal foul call for unnecessary roughness. 

Earlier this year, James was named to the Pro Bowl for the third time in his five-year professional career. James was drafted by the Chargers with the 17th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft out of Florida State. 

Dulin was ruled out of the rest of the game after heading to the locker room following the second quarter hit. He will also miss the Colts trip to New York to face the seemingly playoff-bound Giants. The Chargers have already clinched a playoff spot and hold the sixth spot in the AFC. If the standings do not change in the final two weeks, No. 6 LAC would travel to No. 3 Cincinnati. 

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