Chargers’ Jesse Jackson could miss the game after knee surgery

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The former Patriot will miss two to four weeks, the Chargers said in a statement.

Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Jesse Jackson could miss the start of the season after surgery. (AP Photo/JC Hong)

Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Jesse Jackson underwent knee surgery on Tuesday, putting his availability for the first two games of the season in doubt.

Jackson will miss two to four weeks, the team said in a statement. The procedure was performed at a New York hospital special surgery. The team has not specified which knee.

Jackson was the standout free agent addition for the Chargers as they overhauled their defense this offseason, signing a five-year contract worth $82.5 million with $40 million guaranteed.

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He played his first four seasons with the New England Patriots, intercepting 25 passes in 62 games.

Originally a free agent out of Maryland, Jackson emerged as one of the top defensive backs in the NFL over the past two seasons. He had a league-leading 23 passes defended last season, while his eight interceptions ranked second.

The Patriots have opted not to use the franchise tag on the 26-year-old.

Jackson bolsters a Chargers secondary that allows 27 points per game and ranks last in third-down conversion percentage (49.54).

Chase Young could miss the Commanders’ first four games this season

Chase Young will miss the Washington Commanders’ first four games of the season after landing on the reserve/physically unable to perform list.

Young, the 2020 Defensive Rookie of the Year, is returning from surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee. That surgery involved grafting to repair a tear in his left patellar tendon.

“When we go through this, recovery time is hard to predict,” coach Ron Rivera said. “This injury is a little more serious than average, and because of that, the timeline is a little longer. What is that timeline? I can’t tell you.”

Rivera already ruled out Washington’s top pass-rusher for the season opener against Jacksonville and indicated Young could start the season on the PUP list. The first game Young is eligible to play is Oct. 9 against Tennessee, though there’s no guarantee he’ll be ready by then.

The team and Young have repeatedly called Rivera a significant injury while refusing to set a timeline for his return. Young suffered a knee injury Nov. 14 against Tampa Bay. He is wearing a brace on his right knee even when he is out in practice.

Panthers rookie QB Corral’s season is over after a foot injury

The Carolina Panthers have placed rookie quarterback Matt Corral on season-ending injured reserve after he tore a ligament in his left foot in Friday night’s 20-10 preseason loss to the New England Patriots.

NFL teams are allowed to bring back eight players from injured reserve this year once they miss a minimum of four weeks once the season begins.

However, according to the Panthers, Corral’s injury would have made it unlikely he would return this season and they decided to shelve him for the season.

Baker Mayfield will be Carolina’s starting quarterback with Sam Darnold serving as the backup. It’s unclear if the Panthers will keep more than two quarterbacks.

Corral is still deciding whether or not to have surgery on the torn Lisfranc ligament.

The Panthers traded up to acquire Corral in the third round of the NFL Draft. This was expected to be a growth year for the Mississippi product, but now Corral will have to learn by watching other quarterbacks.

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