James missed the last two games with a torn meniscus and had deferred arthroscopic knee surgery in hopes of playing through the injury, but will now require the procedure after failing to demonstrate much progress, according to Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. James' shutdown likely paves the way for Nicholas Morrow, who has racked up 16 tackles over the past two weeks, to continue seeing the bulk of the snaps at weakside linebacker.
James (knee) is listed as inactive for Sunday's game against the Chiefs.
The Raiders have given up 400 yards of total offense only three times this season, and two of those times James was inactive. The second-year pro is a stud when he's on the field, accruing 56 tackles (42 solo) through 10 games, and he left early in three of those contests. Nicholas Morrow is likely to take over at weak-side linebacker.
James (knee) is considered doubtful for Sunday's game against the Chiefs.
James, who missed last week's win over the Giants, was unable to practice at all throughout the week due to his knee injury. Nicholas Morrow would likely be in line to start in James' place at outside linebacker in Week 14 after logging a season-high nine tackles against the Giants during James' absence.
James was unable to practice Wednesday, but he was able to put in limited work the rest of the week. His status Sunday will likely be determined by how he's feeling after going through pregame warmups. Nicholas Morrow would presumably be in line to fill in at weak-side linebacker should the 24-year-old ultimately sit out.
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