Derwin James undergoes surgery, out 4-5 weeks

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The Florida State Seminoles are hoping that safety Derwin James will be the best replacement for Jalen Ramsey this season, but they could be without him for the early part of the season. The defensive back underwent surgery on his foot two weeks ago and it was reported that he was given a timetable of about four to five weeks.

Warchant.com reported that the surgery was labeled as minor and he should be able to make a full recovery in time for the start of the 2016 season. The Seminoles are set to start practice on Aug. 9 and they hope to get James back around the second week of practice.

Florida State’s defense finished 19th nationally in total defense last year and they return seven starters for the 2016 season. Derwin James should be a huge piece of their defense once again this year.

In 2015, James was the team’s second-leading tackler with 91 tackles and he also recorded 9.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. He should be a big piece for the Seminoles this year.

Florida State opens the season on Sept. 5 when they face off against the Ole Miss Rebels at the Camping World Citrus Bowl in Orlando.

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