Chargers Get Bad Injury Update On J.C. Jackson Before Week 1

Tyler Maher
Los Angeles Chargers cornerback J.C. Jackson is not expected to play in Week 1.
Los Angeles Chargers cornerback J.C. Jackson is not expected to play in Week 1. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

It looks like the Los Angeles Chargers and their fans will have to wait a little longer for J.C. Jackson's Chargers debut.

Jackson, who signed a five-year, $82-million contract with Los Angeles during the offseason, did not practice on Monday and is not expected to play during the team's Week 1 clash with the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday.

J.C. Jackson Injury Update

Jackson is still recovering from undergoing ankle surgery on Aug. 23, which was initially expected to sideline him for 2-to-4 weeks. It's been more than two weeks since the surgery, but Jackson is apparently not ready to return quite yet.

This is disappointing news for the Chargers, who are counting on Jackson to solidify their secondary after allowing the fourth-most points in the NFL last year. Jackson is coming off a stellar campaign with the New England Patriots in which he tallied eight interceptions and led the NFL with 23 passes defended. The 2021 Pro Bowler has proven to be an elite ball hawk throughout his career, racking up 25 interceptions in his first four seasons.

LA's defense will miss Jackson against a high-powered Vegas offense that added Davante Adams during the offseason, which could make this game even more of a shootout. This AFC West matchup already has one of the highest projected totals on the Week 1 slate with a total of 52.5 points on FanDuel Sportsbook's Week 1 NFL odds. The Chargers are still favored by 3.5 points at home, but Jackson's absence would make it more difficult for them to keep the Raiders off the board and cover the spread.

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