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FSU football’s Derwin James to miss rest of 2016 regular season

The ‘Noles make a logical decision.

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Florida State has suffered three defeats this season, and on Wednesday night, another tough loss came the Seminoles’ way. The possible return of star safety Derwin James has been a hot topic for weeks now, after No. 3 suffered a knee injury against Charleston Southern. But among all the other questions surrounding this FSU team, that one can be placed on the back burner-- at least for now.

That’s because on Wednesday evening during his weekly call-in show, ‘Nole Head Coach Jimbo Fisher revealed that James would not play for the remainder of the 2016 regular season, which consists of Friday night’s home game against Boston College, a road trip to Syracuse, and the Seminoles’ home finale against Florida.

Fisher did, however, leave the door open with regard to James’ possible return for Florida State’s bowl game. The move makes a lot of sense, as FSU has no shot at an ACC title or national championship, and returning a healthy James for what will almost certainly be his final season in 2017 is the smart long-term move.