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Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher’s week started with some good news.

Both defensive end DeMarcus Walker and quarterback Deondre Francois are expected to be in action when the Seminoles play at Syracuse on Saturday. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. at the Carrier Dome, with the game featured in a split telecast between ABC and ESPN2.

Walker leads the No. 17 Seminoles (7-3, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) with 11 sacks, an average of 1.1 per game that ranks in a tie for third in the country. He was seen wearing a protective boot near the end of last week’s win over Boston College, but he is expected to play against the unranked Orange (4-6, 2-4 ACC).

Francois, who is passing for 267.5 yards a game, sat out the fourth quarter to protect a shoulder injury, but Fisher said the redshirt freshman could have played if needed. Obviously, he wasn’t needed over the final 15 minutes of the 45-7 rout of the Eagles.

But tempering the good news: Defensive back Derwin James has finally been ruled out for the rest of the season. He hasn’t played since injuring his knee in the second game of the season.

Fisher also noted one other lineup change for this week. Junior Rich Leonard, who started the first four games, will be back at right tackle after sophomore Brock Ruble, who started the past six outings, sustained a groin injury against Boston College.

“Once he got going in the game, he picked up two or three really nice twists,” Fisher said of Leonard. “Played physical. Did a nice job.”

The injury report on the other side isn’t as optimistic.

Orange quarterback Eric Dungey, who sat out last week’s loss to North Carolina

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