Oregon Ducks running back LaMichael James suffered a rather nasty elbow injury in Thursday night's win over California. Before leaving with the injury, James posted his third-straight game of at least 200 rushing yards. The junior's final tally indicated 240 yards and one rushing touchdown against the Golden Bears.
James started the year off slow, managing only 54 yards and a score against LSU. However, the junior has reclaimed his spot among the best running backs in the nation over the last three weeks.
After the game, James indicated x-rays on the elbow were negative. However, the running back's elbow is believed to be dislocated and could force him out of action for next Saturday's game against Arizona State.
How's this for toughness? James told reporters after the game he popped the elbow back in place on the field. Wow.
Although the video evidence indicated a pretty nasty injury (an elbow is not supposed to bend that way), it appears James will be back sooner than later. And that's great news for Oregon, but bad news for the rest of the Pac-12.