Report: Cory James Hopes To Push Back Knee Surgery Until After The Season

The Raiders have had their shortcomings at linebacker this season, but one of the pleasant surprises of the group has been second-year WLB Cory James.

James is tied for fourth on the team in tackles (56) despite battling a relatively significant knee problem for much of the season.

According to Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, James has been playing through a torn meniscus and “loose” cartilage in his knee that will need surgery at the end of the season.

If James cannot play on Sunday, the Chiefs will see a healthy dose of rookie linebacker Nicholas Morrow, who has impressed in his rookie season. Morrow was on the field for 59 snaps against the Giants and recorded 9 tackles.

In theory, the Chiefs are one of the most difficult teams in the league to deal with from a linebacker’s standpoint. With tight end Travis Kelce and number of pass-catching runners lurking in the Kansas City backfield, the Raiders will need one of their best efforts of the season from their linebacker group.

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