FSU's Derwin James needs surgery, won't play vs. Louisville

Florida State safety Derwin James suffered torn knee cartilage in the Seminoles' win over Charleston Southern on Saturday, and was scheduled for surgery Monday, FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said.

"Derwin has torn cartilage in his knee. He did not have any ACL or structural damage whatsoever. He has some cartilage damage which we'll go in and see ... don't know how long (he'll be out)," Fisher said at a news conference. "That's all going to depend on surgery."

Pressed on how long James might be unavailable to the Seminoles, Fisher suggested a wide range on his return.

"I don't know until they do the surgery. It could be anywhere from two weeks to six weeks probably ... I don't know," he said.

Fisher ruled James out for the Seminoles' road game at No. 10-ranked Louisville on Saturday. James leaves a huge void for FSU in facing dynamic Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson, who is off to a spectacular start to the season.

James was carted off the field Saturday after suffering the injury in a rout of Charleston Southern and did not return.

Jacksonville Jaguars rookie Jalen Ramsey, who played alongside James last season, shared some words of encouragement for James via Twitter.

College Football 24/7 ranked James the No. 19 player in the nation last month.

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