In the San Francisco 49ers preseason finale against the San Diego Chargers, backup running-back and kick-return specialist LaMichael James sprained his MCL, keeping him from playing in the first three regular season games of the year. James came back to practice last Thursday, but was limited in activity.
After a disheartening week 2 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, 49ers fans are anxious to know when James will return to the field to electrify once again. With over 5,000 yards and 53 touchdowns in his 3 year college career at Oregon University and standing at only 5’9, there’s no denying the elusiveness of James.
Playing backup to veteran Frank Gore, James is in close contention for the 2nd RB position with Kendall Hunter, a back much like himself in build and style of play. Behind them sits Anthony Dixon, a short-yardage specialist. But James is confident in his abilities.
“I can do everything,” James said. “If I didn’t think I could do everything, then I shouldn’t be here.”
The question now is whether or not James will be ready to play with the Niners on Thursday night against the Rams.
James served as a spark of energy and excitement during the 49ers playoff run last season after missing 12 games due to injury. He balances out the consistency of Gore’s game very well and could eventually be the heir apparent to Gore if he stays healthy.