According to Mike Garafolo de NFL Network, medics told the 28-year-old they hope he won’t miss the entire season. Surgery is scheduled for later this week, and they can then determine the recovery schedule.
The veteran’s salary for this upcoming season, which was slated to be $ 10 million, is now in jeopardy as Denver is not required to pay him due to the injury not occurring at a team facility. .James had been working at the Broncos facility this offseason until the NFLPA urged players to boycott work there due to COVID-19 concerns. The Denver players announced in early April that they would not participate in the team’s voluntary off-season training.
“With off-season programs starting in less than a week and without adequate protocols in place for us players to return safely, we will be exercising our right not to participate in voluntary off-season training,” the players said. from Denver in a statement. declaration by the NFL Players Association. “COVID-19 remains a serious threat to our families and communities, and it makes no sense for us as players to put ourselves at risk during this dead period. “The positivity rates in our city are higher than they were at this time of last year and we know that players have been infected at club facilities in recent weeks. ”
James’ time with the Broncos began in 2019 with a four-year, $ 51 million contract; however, its impact has been limited due to health barriers. He only played three games in his first season with the franchise and then opted out of the 2020 season due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Last season, Denver replaced James with veterans Demar Dotson and Elijah Wilkinson. The two are no longer on the roster, and the franchise added no offensive tackle depth in the 2021 NFL Draft last week.
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