Chargers’ Derwin James ejected for illegal hit vs. Colts’ Ashton Dulin on ‘Monday Night Football’

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The Chargers returned Darwin James Monday night and welcomed the star’s safety to the secondary after missing two games due to injury. James’ return was short-lived after being sent off for leading the Helmets in two quarters of hard hitting.

With Los Angeles leading 7-0 and less than 5 1/2 minutes remaining in the first half, James sprinted for Ashton Durin and then Connects to upper body of Colts wide receiver — First his shoulders, then his head and neck, dropped the pass catcher off his feet and slammed him into the turf. In real time, the tackle appeared to involve helmet-to-helmet contact. A replay revealed that the shoulder made contact first, but Durin was still unprotected after attempting to secure a short pass from Colts quarterback Nick Foles as James leveled him. determined to be the receiver.

After being treated on the sidelines, Durin made his way to the locker room and gave the Indianapolis crowd a thumbs-up. He was later ruled out with a concussion.

Meanwhile, James visited the Chargers’ blue medical tent after being flagged for needless rowdyness. Officials quickly announced that he was also disqualified for the hit. The hit, which hit in two plays after James was penalized with a Michael Pittman Jr. face mask, appeared to have affected the Chargers’ safety more than Durin’s, at least in the immediate aftermath.James was relatively wobbly and slow to get to his feet, which may have led team personnel to suspect a concussion.

James has missed the Chargers’ last two games with a quadriceps injury. Earlier this week, he was named to his third Pro Bowl.

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