When Ja'Wuan James first suffered his big toe injury in New England Oct. 29, the expectation was he might be out as little as four weeks but perhaps as long as six weeks.
A club source told The Herald today it will be closer to six weeks.
That means James will miss Sunday's game at the New York Jets and probably next week's game against the Baltimore Ravens. The team hopes he might be able to play Dec. 14 against the New York Giants.
Dolphins coach Dan Campbell has acknowledged James wasn't playing Sunday against the New York Jets but with James out of the walking boot and into treatment, the hope is "this thing can progress pretty fast," Campbell said.
Out two more games is not fast.
In the meantime, the Dolphins will continue relying on backup tackle Jason Fox and that is not great news because Fox has not played up to the team's hopes for its third offensive tackle, a source said.
Fox has given up a couple of sacks, been penalized multiple times, and generally has not been a force in the running game.
It would not surprise if the Dolphins look to upgrade their No. 3 tackle position next offseason although, as a team source noted, it is hard enough finding two good offensive tackles much less three.
Fox is signed for 2016, the final year of his two-year deal signed last offseason.