Florida State safety Derwin James is having surgery on his left knee to repair torn cartilage, head coach Jimbo Fisher told the Orlando Sentinel on Monday.
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James’ Timetable for Return Remains Uncertain
Monday, Sept. 12
Though James doesn’t have any serious damage in his knee, his return date is yet to be determined and will depend on his recovery from the surgery, according to Tim Linafelt of Seminoles.com. He won’t be available against Louisville this week, per Linafelt.
James was injured in the third quarter against Charleston Southern on Saturday after planting his leg and delivering a shoulder blow to an opponent, per Safid Deen of the Orlando Sentinel. He limped off the field under his own power before being carted to the locker room. He didn’t return to the game.
It’s potentially a huge blow for Florida State, especially with the high-octane offense of Louisville and star quarterback Lamar Jackson up next on the schedule. As Deen noted, FSU has used the versatile James in myriad ways in the defense, even as an edge-rusher at times.
Deen speculated that A.J. Westbrook will likely start opposite of Trey Marshall at safety, while starting cornerback Marquez White could also fill in at the position. Nate Andrews is also an option once he returns from injury. And the team has depth at cornerback, where Marcus Lewis, Tarvarus McFadden and Levonta Taylor could all see time.
“I have no doubt in my mind about Derwin’s backups,” defensive end DeMarcus Walker told Deen. “We just got to get ready to play football.”
Walker believes James will be back and ready to go before long, though.
“When I’m not around, Derwin speaks up,” he noted. “He’s just an electrifying guy, and he’s so energized. I believe that he’ll be back.”
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