As of now, the expectation is that James will miss an extended period of time and it’s possible he could be done for the season.
At this point in the season, it’s hard for teams to carry injured players on their active roster for several weeks, which is why it’s possible he could be placed on injured reserve at some point, depending on the Dolphins’ roster needs.
James, 25, was taken with the No. 19 overall pick by the Dolphins back in 2014. He’s currently in the final year of his four-year, $8.4 million contract and stands to make a base salary of $1,569,327 for the 2017 season.
The Dolphins picked up James’ fifth-year option that will run them $9,341,000 million for the 2018 season. However, this figure is guaranteed only for injury and won’t prevent them from working on a long-term extension or cutting him loose.
In 2016, James appeared in eight games for the Dolphins and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 10 offensive tackle out of 78 qualifying players.