In Sunday’s 37-23 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, Los Angeles Chargers cornerback J.C. Jackson dislocated his kneecap, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.
Rapoport tacked on To ascertain the full degree of the knee damage he sustained during the dislocation, Jackson will have an MRI on Monday.
After the game, Chargers head coach Brandon Staley told reporters that Jackson had sustained a “serious injury.”
Jackson suffered a knee injury late in the second quarter of Sunday’s game while attempting to stop wide receiver Marquise Goodwin’s 23-yard touchdown ball from Geno Smith. The 26-year-old looked to have a non-contact injury to his right knee, which he instantly grasped.
Jackson was being treated by trainers as his Chargers teammates gathered around him while he was on his knees. A towel was placed over Jackson’s head as he was eventually carried off the field with an air cast on his right leg. Jackson’s exit was immediately followed by the team ruling him out of the contest.
Jackson was benched during the second half of last Monday night’s victory over the Denver Broncos, and he made his starting debut on Sunday. The incident furthered Jackson’s troubled start to life in Los Angeles after he committed to a five-year, $82.5 million deal with the Chargers back in March.
Just two weeks before the 2022 season began, Jackson underwent ankle surgery, and as a result, he missed the team’s first three games. Jackson has accumulated 15 tackles, two passes defended, and zero interceptions in his five games this season.
The Chargers signed Jackson in the hopes that he would contribute his ability to create plays. Since Jackson joined New England as a free agent after going undrafted in 2018, his 25 interceptions are the most in the NFL. No player in league history had more interceptions in his first four seasons of play than Jackson.