COSTA MESA — Standout cornerback J.C. Jackson, one of the key pieces in the Chargers’ revamped defense, might miss their regular-season opener Sept. 11 against the Las Vegas Raiders after undergoing ankle surgery Tuesday at New York Hospital for Special Surgery.
The Chargers announced Jackson is expected to be sidelined for approximately two to four weeks.
If he is sound enough to play within two weeks, then Jackson could play against the Raiders. However, if his recovery time is four weeks, then he not only would he be out for the game against Las Vegas but also for the Chargers’ Week 2 game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 15.
The Chargers signed Jackson as a free agent from the New England Patriots during a flurry of offseason activity that included acquiring outside linebacker Khalil Mack from the Chicago Bears in a trade and signing defensive lineman Sebastian Joseph-Day from the Rams.
Jackson, 26, was selected to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career last season with New England after he finished second in the NFL with eight interceptions. He set his career high with nine interceptions in 2020. He also was a member of the Patriots’ Super Bowl championship team in 2018.
Chargers coach Brandon Staley is expected to reveal further details about Jackson’s injury when he is scheduled to meet with reporters Wednesday. The Chargers didn’t release specifics about Jackson’s surgery except to say that Dr. Martin O’Malley performed the procedure.
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