James has elected to opt out of the 2020 NFL season due to COVID-19 concerns, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
James, who was bouncing back from MCL and meniscus issues that he played through last season, had "been quietly mulling this for the last week or so," per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. The 2014 first-rounder had been slated to man the starting right tackle slot on Denver's offensive line in 2020.
Coach Vic Fangio said Tuesday that James (knee) isn't expected to participate in OTAs, Aric Dilalla of the Broncos' official site reports.
James spent the 2019 season playing through a torn MCL and meniscus, and he'll be forced to sit out OTAs while working to recover in time for training camp in late July. The 27-year-old tackle will enter the second season of a four-year, $51 million contract in 2020.
James (knee) has been ruled out for the Broncos' regular-season finale versus the Raiders, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
James (knee) has played through a torn MCL and meniscus during the 2019 season. However, he is not expected to need offseason surgery and should be ready by OTAs. Still, it is no surprise that the team has opted to keep him sidelined for a relatively meaningless Week 17 contest.
James (knee) played through a torn MCL and meniscus during the 2019 season, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.
Limited to three appearances this season, James originally tore his MCL in the season opener and retore the scar tissue and the meniscus Week 8, according to Mike Klis of 9News Denver. While James won't need surgery, he should be healed and ready by OTAs. The Broncos haven't officially ruled out James for their Week 17 game against the Raiders, though he appears unlikely to play.
James (knee) has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Lions, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.
James has been unable to practice this week. The 27-year-old has appeared in only three games this season.
James (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
James sat out Week 15's loss to the Chiefs due to a lingering knee injury, and he's yet to make tangible progress in his recovery. Coach Vic Fangio said Wednesday that James is trending in the wrong direction to play Week 16, per Jhabvala.
James (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Kansas City, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
James was unable to practice at all this week. Elijah Wilkinson will get another start.
James (knee) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.
James played through this injury in Week 14's win over Houston, so the Broncos are hoping he'll be able to do so again Sunday versus the Chiefs. If not, Elijah Wilkinson is expected to start at right tackle.
James (knee) is officially active for Sunday's game at Houston.
James was a full practice participant all week, so it's no real surprise to see him suiting up Sunday. The 27-year-old will reclaim his starting role at right tackle for the Broncos.
James (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Texans, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
James practiced fully every day this week but isn't completely back at 100 percent. Coach Vic Fangio did say James would start if he was able to go, according to Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post.
James (knee) was a full practice participant Wednesday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
James was inactive for Sunday's win over the Chargers and has played in only two games this season, but it appears he's recovered from the knee injury. The 27-year-old figures to reclaim his starting role at right tackle.
James (knee) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Chargers.
James practiced without limitations all week, but the Broncos are exercising caution. Elijah Wilkinson is expected to start at right tackle in his stead.
James (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers.
James was a full practice participant every day of the week but carries a questionable tag anyway. He's played a mere 32 snaps over just two games this year, so it's not certain he slides back into a starting role if active Sunday.
James (knee) was a full practice participant Wednesday, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.
James missed the last three games with the knee issue but appears ready to retake the field Week 13. The veteran offensive tackle has been limited to two games this season due to the knee injury.
James (knee) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Bills.
James was listed as questionable and was given a 50-50 chance to play, but he won't be suiting up for Week 12. The 27-year-old hasn't seen the field since Week 8 and has played in only two games this season.
James (knee) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's contest against the Bills, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.
Broncos head coach Vic Fangio claims James' chances of playing Sunday are 50-50, so that's a good sign considering James only has seen 32 snaps in 2019. If he can't go, expect Elijah Wilkinson to continue holding down the right tackle spot along Denver's offensive line.
James (knee) is inactive for Sunday's game against Minnesota, Ben Swanson of the team's official site reports.
James was carrying the doubtful tag into the contest with an MCL injury, so this news isn't quite surprising. While James remains sidelined, expect Elijah Wilkinson to continue to man the starting right tackle duties.
James (knee) is officially listed as doubtful for Sunday's contest against the Vikings, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
James is working to retake the field at some point this season, but he looks like a longshot to suit up Week 11. Expect Elijah Wilkinson to continue drawing the start at right tackle as long as James remains sidelined.
James (knee) began practicing individually last week, but he won't put a timeline on his recovery, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports.
James provided optimism that he'll be able to play at some point this season. Until he's able to return to team practices, Elijah Wilkinson will continue starting at left tackle.
James (knee) is ruled out for Sunday's contest against the Browns, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
James aggravated the knee injury that caused him to miss the first eight games of the season during Week 8's loss to the Colts, so his absence doesn't come as much of a surprise. Elijah Wilkinson stands to start at left tackle with James sidelined.