James has transformed himself from a rookie spectator to a key contributor to a Super Bowl team in a matter of weeks for the San Francisco 49ers.|||||||
After being inactive the first 12 games of the season, James has become an impact player for the 49ers in their run to next week's Super Bowl against Baltimore. His long kickoff return set up the go-ahead score in a late-season win in New England. His experience running the zone read helped Colin Kaepernick rush for 181 yards in a win to open the playoffs against Green Bay. Then James got into the scoring act himself last week, getting his first career TD.
Rookie running back LaMichael James is set to make his San Francisco 49ers debut.|||||||
The second-round pick out of Oregon is active for the first time Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. James is taking the spot of backup Kendall Hunter, who was placed on season-ending injured reserve after hurting his ankle in a loss at St. Louis last week.
What at first looked like at least one - if not two - long-term injuries for San Francisco's newest running backs in Saturday's 20-9 preseason loss at the Houston Texans suddenly doesn't seem so bad.|||||||
James, the team's second-round pick out of Oregon, said he's ready to practice already after injuring his left ankle and riding a cart off the field in the fourth quarter at Houston.