Miami Dolphins right tackle Ja’Wuan James has been one of the top offensive lineman the team has this season, playing strong on the right side of the offensive line. Now, however, it sounds like the team could be looking for a long-term replacement for James after an injury during last week’s Sunday Night Football game against the Oakland Raiders.
James was forced to leave the game with a hamstring injury. While the expectations have been that the injury would keep James in a “week-to-week” status, Thursday’s update from head coach Adam Gase seems to indicate the injury could be more serious:
Adam Gase says there's a possibility Ja'Wuan James injury is possible longterm issue.— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) November 9, 2017
Don't expect Ja'Wuan James to practice today. So "best five" this week may not be best five for the rest of the season. James getting second opinion.— Hal Habib (@gunnerhal) November 9, 2017
Ja'Wuan James will not practice today. Beyond that, "I don't have all the information." Getting a second opinion. Does not sound good.— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) November 9, 2017
Dolphins HC Adam Gase said it's possible RT Ja'Wuan James' hamstring injury is long term. Team still discussing options.— James Walker (@JamesWalkerNFL) November 9, 2017
Ja’Wuan James may be a long-term injury; seeking second opinion. Not good.— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) November 9, 2017
James' injury might be more than just a hamstring. Gase does not have all the information. This is ominous.— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) November 9, 2017
It appears fairly obvious now that James will at least miss Monday night’s game against the Carolina Panthers. The Dolphins will likely look to either Jesse Davis or Sam Young to fill in as the starter in James’ absence. Davis has been playing left guard this season, but the team is hopeful veteran Ted Larsen, who was activated off the injured reserve list last week, will be able to assume that starting position.