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FSU safety Derwin James to miss 5-7 weeks with torn meniscus

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State sophomore safety Derwin James will miss five to seven weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher said Tuesday.

On Monday, James had the surgery and Fisher said an accurate timetable wouldn't be available until after doctors performed the operation.

"He has a torn cartilage in his knee," Fisher said Monday. "He does not have any ACL [injury] or any structural damage whatsoever."

The timetable means James will miss the second-ranked Seminoles' ACC opener against Louisville this week as well as games against USF, North Carolina, Miami and possibly Clemson.

"We'll do whatever is best for him.," Fisher said Monday.

The 6-foot-3, 211-pound James, regarded as one of the country's top defensive backs, suffered the injury in the third quarter of Saturday's 52-8 win over Charleston Southern. The Seminoles held a 36-point lead over the FCS Buccaneers at the time of the injury. Fisher said he wanted to play his starters for two series in the second half, because of an inconsistent second quarter and a light week of practice.

As a freshman, James was an ESPN.com true freshman All-American and third-team All-ACC selection. In 2015, he finished second for Florida State in tackles, tackles for loss, sacks, forced fumbles and recoveries.

Senior safety Nate Andrews is expected to return after missing the first two weeks with a calf injury. Sophomore defensive backs Calvin Brewton and A.J. Westbrook will play more in James' absence, but Fisher said the defense will use a lot of variations.

Information from ESPN's Jared Shanker contributed to this report.