John Harbaugh: Ja’Wuan James could be back this season

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When the Ravens agreed to sign tackle Ja’Wuan James on Monday, the assumption was that James would be in the mix for playing time in 2022.

James tore his Achilles working out earlier in the offseason, which led the Broncos to release him and void the guarantees in his contract because James was not working out at the team facility. James filed a grievance about the guaranteed money on Monday before word of his agreement with the Ravens broke.

He is set to sign a two-year contract that guarantees him $500,000 this year and could pay him as much as $8 million in 2022, which suggests that the plan is to rehab with an eye on next season. On Tuesday, though, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said that the team isn’t ruling James out at this point.

“The Achilles injury is one that he could possibly be back this year even — November [or] December maybe,” Harbaugh said, via Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com. “I wouldn’t say we’re counting on that. But it’s certainly something you know is possible.”

The Ravens signed Michael Schofield on Tuesday and they’ve also added Alejandro Villanueva to their offensive line since trading Orlando Brown to the Chiefs.

9 responses to “John Harbaugh: Ja’Wuan James could be back this season

  1. oh, he’ll be hurt sooner rather than later, the only player to opt of the last two seasons in a row

  2. Not happening. He is not playing football this season, less than a year after tearing his Achilles. BAL are absolute suckers to pay this guy to sit on IR for them. As the saying goes… fools & their money are soon parted

  3. If it was a full tear then absolutely no way is he back by November. Recovery for that is 9-12 months and James got hurt mid-May. And with his injury history he’s not the sort you’d bank on it being an incredibly fast recovery.

  4. Not happening. He is not playing football this season, less than a year after tearing his Achilles. BAL are absolute suckers to pay this guy to sit on IR for them. As the saying goes… fools & their money are soon parted
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    Do you really think the Ravens don’t know what they’re doing? Or you’re just bitter your team didn’t do it first? The Ravens have certainly done their due diligence. The team’s doctors must have given the team the green light to proceed. If he comes back in November and helps the team, will all the haters retract their negative comments??? I am not counting on. The Ravens are one of the Best run organizations in all sports. They definitely know what they’re doing.

  5. JayWan is a less expensive Albert Haynesworth on the offensive side of the ball; the only things he is missing is perfecting doing snow angels during the game and taking several minutes to get up off the field as the other team continues to play.

    I loathe who lecture us on how do we know what we are saying. Players have a history of play and this guy’s track record more closely follows our negative take on him than the obviously biased positive take on him. He earned the contempt. Let the Baltimore Murdering Blackbirds continue to collect low level professionals with character issues.

  6. “If he comes back in November and helps the team, will all the haters retract their negative comments???”
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    Mid-November would only be 6 months after the injury. That’s close to unheard of. That’s not hating; it’s stating reality.

  7. Mid-November would only be 6 months after the injury. That’s close to unheard of. That’s not hating; it’s stating reality.

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    It is definitely possible. “After tearing his right Achilles tendon in April 2012 while playing basketball, Terrell Suggs was thought to be lost for the entire season. He ultimately defied all odds and returned to play in October, a mere 5 months and 6 days after surgery.Sep 14, 2015” Baltimore Beatdown

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