Chargers star CB J.C. Jackson not expected to play Week 1 vs. Raiders

Los Angeles Chargers cornerback J.C. Jackson is all but ruled out of the team’s Week 1 matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders, according to NFL Network’s Taylor Bisciotti. Bisciotti noted that Jackson was absent from practice on Monday. 

Jackson, who signed a five-year, $82.5 million deal with the Chargers this offseason, underwent ankle surgery on Aug. 23 to treat discomfort from something Jackson was born with.

“It’s more of a comfort level when he will decelerate at times,” Chargers head coach Brandon Staley said, via The Athletic. “It’s just more about his peace of mind moving forward, to do it now. That’s what he wanted to do and we supported that.”

“He tried the rehab part of it and an injection, and he just felt like if we can get this thing done that he’s going to be full speed and there’s no turning back. And again, I can’t state it enough, there’s not an injury with his ankle,” Staley added.

While Jackson won’t be gone for long, he will certainly be missed in Week 1. In 2021, Jackson led the league in pass breakups and finished second in interceptions, leading the New England Patriots secondary to a -33.3% pass defense DVOA against WR1s. Conversely, the Chargers pass defense ranked 31st against WR1s (22.9%) in 2021.

Now, Los Angeles will be without its top cornerback with the Las Vegas Raiders and newly acquired wide receiver Davante Adams coming to town. In a tightly contested AFC West, the Chargers are already fighting an uphill battle in the division race. 

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