LaMichael James | RB | San Francisco 49ers
Posted: 9/11/2013 12:40am et
San Francisco 49ers RB LaMichael James (knee) said Tuesday, Sept. 10, that he feels he will be able to practice Wednesday, Sept. 11. He suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in the team's preseason finale.
Huddle Up: After showing flashes late last season and in the postseason, James looked poised to challenge for the No. 2 role behind starter Frank Gore, but the preseason injury put the second-year back behind the eight ball, not to mention Kendall Hunter and Anthony Dixon. Bottom line: James will have some work to do to earn PT even after getting healthy.
Posted: 9/1/2013 10:51pm et
San Francisco 49ers RB LaMichael James (knee) will not need surgery to repair a partially torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee. However, he will be unavailable to return punts or kickoffs dor at least the first three or four regular season games. Last season, he was not active when both RBs Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter were active, so James might not even dress for the first month or so.
Huddle Up: James is a RB to park at the end of your bench in 12-team and larger leagues and see what develops. In the meantime, though, Kendall Hunter is the change-of-pace back behind starter Frank Gore.
Posted: 8/30/2013 6:23pm et
San Francisco 49ers RB LaMichael James (knee) has been diagnosed with a sprained medial collateral ligament. With James likely to be sidelined for at least a few weeks, WR Kyle Williams is likely to see a bigger role on punt returns, with WR Quinton Patton potentially seeing more of a role in the kick return game.
Huddle Up: James' injury pretty much knocks off him off the fantasy radar in 10-team leagues as Kendall Hunter will start the season as the No. 2 back behind Frank Gore.
Posted: 8/5/2013 9:15pm et
San Francisco 49ers RB LaMichael James will get the first opportunity to return punts in the team's preseason game Thursday, August 8. James has improved as a punt returner over the past year. 'We look at him as a trusted agent back there to field punts and kickoffs,' coach Jim Harbaugh said.
Huddle Up: The Niners simply want to get the explosive James on the field. He also still has a strong shot at beating out Kendall Hunter in the battle for the team's No. 2 RB role.
Posted: 6/1/2013 11:28am et
San Francisco 49ers RB LaMichael James is more comfortable with the offense and the special teams return game. "I'm completely comfortable," James said. "Last year, I wasn't even here and I didn't get to do any of this stuff. It's kind of new for me, too. I've been in the offense for a year. I picked it up pretty fast, to my knowledge. Now it's kind of second nature to me." When asked about fielding punts, "You just got to see the ball," James said. "Judging the ball is key. Even though you have more wind in Candlestick, it's really just judging the ball, knowing where it's going to land and studying the nose."
Huddle Up: Look for James to have a larger role in San Francisco's offense, especially in the return game. And if Kendall Hunter isn't able to come all the way back from his injury, James could wind up as the change-of-pace/backup plan to Frank Gore as well.
Posted: 12/10/2012 12:04pm et
San Francisco 49ers rookie RB LaMichael James made his NFL debut during a Week 14 win over the Miami Dolphins. He rushed eight times for 30 yards and caught one pass for 15 yards.
Huddle Up: James brings a speedy change of pace to the 49ers backfield, plus he has some familiarity running the spread option looks that are leading to Colin Kaepernick's long runs. He may see an uptick in touches over the final few weeks as the 49ers ready for the playoffs, but San Francisco still has work to do to wrap up all of the necessary playoff details (division, home field, etc.) so the Niner backfield is still primarily a Frank Gore production.