NFL: Denver Broncos-Minicamp

Jun 4, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos offensive tackle Ja'Wuan James (70) looks on during mini camp drills at the Pat Bowlen Fieldhouse at UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Broncos right tackle Ja'Wuan James, a North Gwinnett grad, will miss "at least a couple of weeks" with a left knee sprain, head coach Vic Fangio said Wednesday.

A report from 9News Denver said James' absence will be "several weeks," but the big free agent addition will avoid injured reserve, which would have kept him out for at least eight games.

James, who signed a four-year, $51 million contract with Denver in the spring, was hurt early in the second quarter of Monday night's season opener against the Oakland Raiders. He was replaced by Elijah Wilkinson, who allowed two sacks over the final three quarters, according to STATS LLC.

Now in his sixth NFL campaign, the 27-year-old James has played all 16 games in a season just twice. He missed 18 games due to injury from 2015-18 with the Miami Dolphins.