By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Denver Broncos tackle Ja’Wuan James has suffered a torn Achilles. He suffered the injury outside of the team’s facility.
Yet, despite having an injury that may cost him the entire 2021 season, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo is reporting that James may miss the entire season. Doctors “are hopeful” he can come back at some point before the year changes.
James — who say out the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic — will have surgery this week. Until then, it’s not clear when he could possibly return.
Normally, though, a torn Achilles injury sets a player back at least a year. James would definitely take a gamble by returning this season.
Initial reports said that he was lost for the season.
He may be trying to return this season as he is at risk of losing $20 million since he was injured outside of the team’s facility. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, it’s a $10 million injury and skill guarantee.
He also had another $10 million coming to him for the 2021 season.
Broncos GM George Paton will have to decide what to do at right tackle. Either, it’s going to be an in-house promotion, or he’ll have to spend time looking elsewhere to fill the void.
In-house candidates include Dalton Risner and Calvin Anderson. Risner has played left guard for the team.
Anderson; however, is new. He was previously with the New York Jets organization before moving to the Broncos.
Before James’ injury, he was slated to be his backup.
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