Tag:LaMichael James Injury
Posted on: October 13, 2011 9:52 am
Edited on: October 13, 2011 9:54 am

Darron Thomas gives unofficial update on James

Posted by Chip Patterson

When Oregon star running back LaMichael James was upbeat and positive about his status when speaking to the media just hours after dislocating his elbow against California. He told reporters he suffered a similar injury in high school, and even came back the next week. While head coach Chip Kelly has made no official determination on whether James will go against No. 18 Arizona State on Saturday, starting quarterback Darron Thomas has made it sound highly unlikely.

Thomas told The Oregonian on Wednesday after practice the Ducks were pushing themselves a little harder in practice "knowing we're going to be without LaMichael."

"I'm all right," Thomas said discussing Oregon's other offensive options. "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, everybody knows about De'Anthony."

While Thomas' prognosis for James is not official, he is 100% correct that "everybody knows about De'Anthony." Star freshman De'Anthony Thomas has been everything Oregon fans could hope for, leading the team in receiving (17 catches, 286 yards, four touchdowns) and sitting just behind James as the team's second leading rusher (25 carries, 191 yards, two touchdowns). With James likely sidelined, the first places the Ducks will look for that offensive explosion will be Barner and DAT.

Last season Arizona State played the Ducks close before eventually falling 42-31. The Sun Devils defense held the Ducks to 2 for 13 on third down conversions and held James to just 94 yards rushing. Late in the third quarter, Arizona State held a 24-21 lead late in the third quarter before three Darron Thomas touchdowns and a fumble recovery for a score put the game out of reach. Oregon has taken the last six meetings between the conference rivals, Arizona State has not won in Autzen Stadium since 2004.

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Posted on: October 7, 2011 5:18 pm

PODCAST: Friday Review/Preview

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

What should we take away from Oregon's Thursday night dismantling of Cal? How badly would an extended LaMichael James absence hurt the Ducks? Can Notre Dame remain independent as the Big East risks crumbling before our eyes? What are two games flying under the radar as we apporach Week 6? And if you're lucky enough to attend one of the games that isn't, the Red River Rivalry, what food should you sample at the Texas State Fair?

CBSSports.com's Adam Aizer and Bryan Fischer attempt to answer all of those questions and more in this edition of the CBSSports.com College Football Podcast. To listen, click below, download the mp3 or pop the player out in a separate broswer window. Want more? and Subscribe to the CFB podcast in iTunes by clicking here. Enjoy:

Posted on: October 7, 2011 10:16 am

VIDEO: LaMichael James discusses elbow injury

Posted by Chip Patterson

By now, you've probably seen LaMichael James' gruesome arm/elbow injury from Thursday's nights 43-15 win over California. At the time, we speculated that it could be a big loss for the Ducks' backfield.

But check out this portion of James' post game press conference. It is atypical of an Oregon player to be so upfront regarding his status. James mentions in the video below he suffered a similar injury in high school and only missed a week of action.

Regardless of the official extent of the injury, you have to admire James' positivity. Check out the press conference clip in the video below, many tips of the hat to Doc Saturday for pointing it out.

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Posted on: October 7, 2011 12:46 am
Edited on: October 7, 2011 5:38 am

QUICK HITS: No. 9 Oregon 43, California 15

Posted by Chip Patterson

OREGON WON. Cal kept fighting until the end, but the Ducks dominated the start of the second half and pulled away late in their 43-15 win in Autzen on Thursday night. LaMichael James picked up his third-straight 200-yard game before suffering an apparent right arm injury early in the fourth quarter. James' was carted off the field with his arm in an air cast, and appeared to be in a significant amount of pain. Other than that, the news was all good for Oregon -- marching back from a 15-14 halftime deficit to roll off 29 unanswered points in the second half.

HOW OREGON WON: After starting the first half failing to convert on third downs and generally struggling to hit a rhythm, the Ducks picked up the tempo to start the second half and wore down Cal's defense. It started with a methodical 13-play, 88-yard drive to kick off the third quarter. By the end of that first drive the defense was gassed, and ripe for the picking for the remainder of the quarter. James, Kenjon Barner, and freshman De'Anthony Thomas continued the offensive assault and helped put the game away late.

WHEN OREGON WON: After the drive mentioned above, the defense stepped up and stopped a previously productive Zach Maynard. Following a punt, it only took a pair of LaMichael James runs and a 68-yard Kejon Barner touchdown to begin ushering in the beatdown in Autzen Stadium. It was clear at that point the momentum had swung back in the Ducks' favor, and Cal was not going to reclaim the lead.

WHAT OREGON WON: Their 15th straight conference win. Their streak dates back to the 51-42 loss at Stanford in 2009. Cal actually gave them the biggest scare in that streak, slowing the Ducks down and forcing them to grind out a 15-13 win in Berkeley. Thursday night served as some home-served payback for those alleged fake injuries.

WHAT CALIFORNIA LOST: After grinding out a 15-14 first half lead, the Bears could never get it started again after halftime. The team was gassed, and all of the sudden the lanes began to open up for Oregon. California now heads home to continue Pac-12 conference play against USC. A two-loss start is not favorable for the Bears, but is not entirely unexpected considering the opponents.

THAT WAS CRAZY: LaMichael James' right arm injury in the fourth quarter was painful to watch. Whether it is an arm or dislocated elbow, Oregon will likely not be in a hurry to give specific details on the status of the nation's leading rusher. Up to that point it was just another dominant performance by the 2010 Doak Walker Award winner.

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Posted on: October 7, 2011 12:08 am
Edited on: October 7, 2011 1:24 am

LaMichael James leaves game with arm injury

Posted by Chip Patterson

Oregon started the second half with a bang against Cal, rolling off 22 unanswered points in the third quarter. But that high-powered offense may have taken a blow when running back LaMichael James left the game with an apparent arm injury.

James had just come three yards short of scoring a touchdown when he stepped out of bounds to set up 1st and Goal for the Ducks. On the next play, James ran into a wall of Cal defensive lineman at the line of scrimmage and was brought to the ground for no gain. On the way down, James' right arm was bent backwards as he hit in the ground. The 2010 Doak Walker winner immediately began screaming in pain on the ground, and the medical staff immediately requested the air cast for his arm.

LaMichael James entered Thursday as the nation's leading rusher, and had totaled 239 yards on 30 carries before leaving the game with the injury.  It should be noted that Oregon will not officially release any details on injuries during or following the game.

Keep it here at the Eye on College Football for more as this story develops.

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Posted on: November 22, 2010 3:14 pm

Oregon expects James to play against Arizona

Posted by Chip Patterson

Oregon took the field Sunday for their first open practice since squeezing out a two point victory over the Golden Bears in Berkley a week ago.  The media was quick to locate #21, who could be found back on the practice field -- though the star back was limited in action.  Starting running back and Heisman contender LaMichael James left the stadium on crutches with his left foot in a boot, but is not listed on the official Oregon injury report for Arizona.  James promises that he will be on the field in Autzen Stadium when the Ducks take on the 21st-ranked Wildcats the day after Thanksgiving.  Head coach Chip Kelly also did not seem concerned about James' status.  When it comes to these last games for the Ducks, it does not seem like anyone is ready to be conservative.

“He’s a tough sucker,” Kelly said regarding James after practice on Sunday. “He’ll be ready to play.”  James admitted himself there was a little bit of pain in the limited activity, but guessed that he should be ready to go in a few days

Sitting in first place of both polls and the BCS Standings, the Ducks are two victories from their first-ever BCS National Championship Game appearance.  Unfortunately for the Ducks, the last two games on the schedule present arguably the biggest threats to their potentially-historic season.  Arizona will be seeking redemption for not closing the Ducks out a year ago in Tuscon.  Leading 31-24, the Arizona defense had Jeremiah Masoli and the Ducks cornered at the 23 yard line with 4th and 5.  Thousands of red-clad fans literally surrounded the field ready to celebrate the upset, but they watched Masoli fire off three straight completions to score the game-tying touchdown with just six seconds remaining.  That kind of heartbreak is not easily forgotten, and the Wildcats will show up looking to spoil Oregon's celebration on Friday.  
Posted on: November 14, 2010 3:02 am
Edited on: November 14, 2010 3:06 am

LaMichael James on crutches after Cal game

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Oregon tailback (and surefire Heisman candidate) LaMichael James turned in a rather subdued performance in Oregon's 15-13 win over the California Golden Bears, rushing for only 91 yards on 29 carries. James also failed to reach the end zone for the first time all season, as the entire Oregon offense failed to kick into the high gear that we're accustomed to seeing. Still, James was a workhorse, and neither 29 rushes nor 91 yards are to be scoffed at.

Thus, it was a surprise to see James hobble off the field after the final gun, and using crutches when talking with reporters after the game on Saturday, but according to OregonLive.com, the Oregon tailback insists he'll be fine.

Fortunately, the Ducks have a bye week next Saturday, so any recovery he needs for whatever injury he's got (forgive us if we await a more official statement than "I pulled my hamstring jumping up and down") has a full two weeks to take place.

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