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Ja'Wuan James Could Take Action Against NFL After Being Cut By Broncos

Devon Platana
Ja'Wuan James could take action against the NFL through the players association after being cut by the Denver Broncos following his injury.
Ja'Wuan James could take action against the NFL through the players association after being cut by the Denver Broncos following his injury. / Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
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The Denver Broncos decided to release offensive tackle Ja'Wuan James on Friday after he suffered a season-ending Achilles injury earlier this month. However, because the injury happened away from the Broncos' practice facility, the team is not required to pay him any of his salary.

The day after the offensive tackle was injured, the NFL sent a memo to its executives and head coaches, mentioning how the Broncos have "no contractual obligation'' to pay him since his injury happened away from the team facility. Now, James is "strongly considering" going through the NFL Players Association to file a grievance for $10 million in lost wages, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.

Ja'Wuan James News

Even though James could use the NFLPA to file a grievance, he's not exactly happy with the players association. Shortly after his release on Friday, James took to Twitter to tell the NFLPA that they needed to have the players' backs if they want them to follow their advice.

It sounds strange that James would go after the NFLPA, but he was following their advice when they advised players not to participate in voluntary practices at team facilities. The hope behind this advice was to get the league to reform the offseason training schedule. Now, James' NFL future is up in the air as he tries to come back from a torn Achilles while dealing with lost wages.

Now, the football world will watch to see what happens with James and whether or not he'll get the money that he believes he deserves. Whatever ends up happening, it could shape how the NFL deals with contracts and practice for the foreseeable future.


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