The Denver Broncos were thrilled to finally get Ja'Wuan James back in the starting lineup. James started at right tackle in Sunday's Week 8 bout with the Indianapolis Colts.
The $51 million offensive tackle missed the previous six (and three-quarters) games with a sprained left knee. Alas, just 20 or so snaps into his return vs. the Colts, James went down. Again.
Trainers appeared to be looking at James' left leg. It's unclear what the injury is but it appears to be a lower-leg.
James' sprained knee came just 10 snaps into the Broncos' season-opener vs. the Oakland Raiders. He was medically cleared to practice two weeks ago but the Broncos slow-dripped his participation in practice.
This week, in preparation for the Colts, Ja'Wuan James finally was a full participant in practice and indeed, he made his second start of the season in Week 8. The extent of James' injury is currently unknown.
Once again, Elijah Wilkinson has been tapped to stop the gap in James' stead. Wilkinson started at right tackle Weeks 2-7 and played starter's snaps in the season-opener.
Wilkinson is nowhere near the athlete that James is and is more of a guard miscast at tackle. The Broncos offense looked like a different product on the field with James in his rightful place at right tackle. A highly frustrating development for the Broncos.
James has been ruled out with a left knee injury (Klis).