Florida State safety Derwin James is undergoing surgery today to repair torn cartilage in his knee, Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher announced Monday.
James' knee sustained no structural damage, Fisher said, so his ligaments are intact. James could miss 2-6 weeks with the injury, although Fisher said his recovery will depend on what doctors need to do during surgery.
The 6-foot-3, 211-pound James is regarded as one of the most versatile talents in the country. Sports Illustrated ranked him as the No. 10 player nationally in the preseason after he recorded 91 tackles (9 ½ for a loss) with 4 ½ sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries as a true freshman.
The Haines City native had his first career interception in the season opener against Ole Miss on Labor Day.
The timing is bad for No. 2 FSU (2-0). The Seminoles play at No. 10 Louisville on Saturday in a game with a national, ABC audience in addition to the hype of ESPN's College GameDay. The Cardinals (2-0, 1-0 ACC) are led by dual-threat quarterback Lamar Jackson, who is eighth nationally in passing yards and third in rushing.
After Louisville, the 'Noles play at USF, then host North Carolina on Oct. 1. After that, they're at No. 25 Miami and home against Wake Forest before an open date -- and then an Oct. 29 home showdown against Clemson that should have major implications in the ACC and national championship picture.