EUGENE, OR - OCTOBER 06: LaMichael James #21 of the Oregon Ducks is carted off after injuring his arm against the California Golden Bears on October 6, 2011 at the Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

LaMichael James Injury: Oregon RB Wants To Return Vs. Colorado

LaMichael James of the Oregon Ducks gave his team a significant scare when their star running back injured his arm against Cal, but it looks like it was only a dislocation.

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LaMichael James, Darron Thomas Look Healthy For Oregon Vs. Colorado. Will They Play?

The status of Oregon Ducks starting tailback LaMichael James and starting quarterback Darron Thomas is of paramount concern to the fans of the green and yellow. Although their opponent this week is the hapless Colorado Buffaloes, Oregon would love to see both of their main offensive stars back in action sooner rather than later. Bryan Bennett and Kenjon Barner are both suitable replacements, but they don't quite yet have the game-changing ability that James provides with his feet and Thomas with his arm.

There are some encouraging reports that both might be ready to play this Saturday. James is ready to go and Thomas doesn't appear to have a limp anymore. Ken Goe of the Oregonian has more.

Asked about his range motion, James replied: "I haven't got full yet, but it's close. ... I definitely could play. It's one of those things, if they need me to play. Kenjon is doing a great job of running the ball, and De'Anthony (Thomas). And Darron (Thomas) and Bryan Bennett. Those guys are doing a great job. So I don't know if they'll need me." 


Thomas looked fine leaving practice in the Moshofsky Center on Tuesday. He was walking without a limp, and was in full pads.

It's debatable whether either James or Thomas are really needed this week, and of course it's hard to tell anything about whether Thomas is even ready to get back at it this weekend. Oregon should be in no rush to bring either of them back. More formidable woes await down the road.

To talk more about James, Thomas, and Ducks football, head to Addicted to Quack.


LaMichael James Injury Update: Oregon RB Ready To Play, If Needed

Oregon Ducks star running back LaMichael James could be ready to play next week, reports Jason Vondersmith of the Portland Tribune.

Although he is still bothered by swelling and soreness, James said he is feeling "really good," and that he could play if he was called upon. Although he claims to be at only about 80 percent currently, he can "definitely play."

His return, however, may not be as pressing as initially feared when the injury sidelined him. In Saturday's much-anticipated game against Arizona State, James cheered on his backup, Kenjon Barner, who racked up career highs with 31 carries for 171 yards. James heaped praise on Barner, saying he felt as though his backup was doing everything right.

It's good news for the Ducks and for Oregon fans that James is healing quickly and raring to go, but considering the showcase that Oregon put on against ASU, his return shouldn't be needed so badly as the team travels to Colorado this week. Particularly if Barner can repeat some of the success he had on Saturday night.

Discuss the relative merits of James and Barner at SB Nation's Ducks blog, Addicted to Quack.


LaMichael James Injury: Darron Thomas Believes Oregon Ducks RB Is Out Vs. ASU

Up to this point, the status of Oregon Ducks running back LaMichael James has been up in the air for Saturday's night game against the Arizona St. Sun Devils; even LaMichael thought he'd have a chance to play. Unfortunately, someone slipped up.

Darron Thomas of the Oregon Ducks might just have broken Chip Kelly's tight lid on injury revelations, and said that others would have to step up for James Ken Goe of the Oregonian got this story.

Thomas said the Ducks were "practicing, getting ready, trying to push a little harder, knowing we're going to be without LaMichael."

Thomas said he wasn't concerned about not having James, a junior who is fifth on the Pac-12's all-time rushing list.

"I'm all right," he said. "We've got Kenjon (Barner) in the backfield with me. He is a step behind LaMike, doing the same things. We've got Tra Carson doing well for us. I can't wait to see him play. And De'Anthony (Thomas), everybody knows about De'Anthony."

Whoops. Kelly might give his quarterback a stern talk for giving up information like that. Now the Sun Devils can drastically cut back on how much they have to gameplan for the James show and start focusing on the remainder of the Oregon offense, which has been inconsistent to say the least.

In any case, no LaMichael will make it easy for Arizona State to gameplan, since the Oregon offense loses a lot of its potency with him out. De'Anthony Thomas is a burner on the outside and Kenjon Barner can replicate his inside bounce, but no one can really stretch the field and leave defenses guessing on where he's heading the way James can. With ASU's defense looking to stop some Ducks, everyone will have to raise their game a notch, just like Thomas said.

For more on Oregon football, check out Addicted to Quack.


LaMichael James Injury: Oregon Ducks RB Not Ruled Out Of Playing Vs. ASU

There will never be an official report on whether Oregon Ducks running back LaMichael James can play on Saturday night under the lights in Eugene against the Arizona St. Sun Devils. However, if his interview with the media is any indication, it looks like James's status is a smidgen above doubtful and a teaspoon below questionable.

Jay Allen of Sportsradio 750 The Game talked with James on Tuesday, and he learned a few things about the running back that he's been tweeting to us.

  • James is not at all ruled out for playing against ASU, and is probably around "40-60" to play. It might just be a precaution for the Sun Devils to prepare and gameplan against LaMichael just in case, but he's definitely not out.
  • James is not feeling much pain in his elbow, but of course the danger comes from future dislocations.
  • LaMichael may be tough, but he's not about to watch his elbow injury anytime soon. He ffeels incredibly blessed to be getting another chance.

For more on Oregon football and LaMichael James in general, head to Addicted to Quack.


LaMichael James Injury: Chip Kelly Won't Reveal Oregon Ducks RB Status

Oregon head coach Chip Kelly met with LaMichael James on Friday, but remained characteristically tight-lipped about when the superstar running back could be expected to return.

Via Adam Jude, the Ducks coach tried to downplay the non-update, saying that James was in high spirits and acting like his typical self. Kelly stated that the injury wasn't bringing Oregon down in any way. Still, it must be worrying to the team on some small level.

This week, Oregon will play a top-20 showdown against a dangerous team in Arizona State, who are just beginning to really build momentum. It's almost certainly the most important game of the year so far, and although the Ducks have some depth at the running back position, De'Anthony Thomas and Tra Carson backups are freshmen.

Oregon would certainly feel better if they had their marquee rusher heading into this matchup, but Kelly is setting the example by putting a brave face on the injury. Time will tell how long this will keep James out.


LaMichael James Injury: Dislocated Elbow, X-Rays Negative

The Oregon Ducks just received the best possible news they could possibly get from what looked like a horrifying arm injury (watch the video here if you dare) to running back LaMichael James. It looked like it could be broken and that he could be out for the season at first glance.

Thankfully, first glances aren't conclusive medical evidence. John Canzano of the Oregonian reports that James dislocated his elbow. George Schroder of the Eugene Register-Guard reports that the Oregon running back doesn't believe his injury is season-ending. Don't think you've seen the last of LaMichael in Autzen Stadium, even if he does end up being out for awhile. 

Dislocated elbow injuries usually keep football players out a few weeks. Expect to see more of Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas, as well as the young Tra Carson to power the Oregon rushing attack and keep it afloat, and they'll need to as ASU is next on the docket in a week and a half. Oregon can't sputter too much around when the fierce Sun Devils defensive front challenges them at the line of scrimmage.

That is if James is out for an extended period of time. I wouldn't ever count him out.

To discuss LaMichael and his impact on Oregon football, check out Addicted to Quack.


VIDEO: LaMichael James Gruesome Arm Injury For Oregon vs. Cal

The Oregon Ducks are blowing apart the California Golden Bears right now, but they might have suffered a devastating loss that could severely impact their chances at winning the Pac-12. Oregon leading rusher LaMichael James may have suffered a gruesome arm injury that could potentially take him out for a significant period of time.

WARNING: Do not watch this video if you are eating. Do not watch this video with children. Do not watch this video unless you enjoy violence and revel in it.

James had pretty much been Oregon's offense all night long for the first half, keeping the Ducks afloat before all the other weapons started going. Without LaMichael's big play ability, it's hard to see how Oregon will be able to still manage the explosiveness on offense to continue to produce big-time. Darron Thomas and the passing game will have to produce a lot earlier to keep Oregon afloat if James is out for an extended period of time.

For more on Oregon football, go to Addicted to Quack.

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