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49ers RB LaMichael James to Suit up vs. Chargers

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Four weeks after injuring his right elbow in practice, the San Francisco 49ers running back will be back in action Sunday in the team's third preseason game.


Four weeks after dislocating his right elbow in practice, San Francisco 49ers running back LaMichael James will make his preseason debut on Sunday when the team hosts the San Diego Chargers.

The third-year pro, who began training camp 18 pounds heavier than he was during his rookie campaign, made a speedy recovery in hopes of building momentum heading into the regular season.

He plans on carrying the ball and being active in the return game Sunday.

“I’ll do it all,” James said.

James initially went down in a 1-on-1 blitz pickup drill on July 26 while trying to block inside linebacker Michael Wilhoite. He’ll wear a brace to protect his elbow for now, but he hopes to “ditch it” after the preseason.

“If I said I wouldn’t, doctors would probably read that and have some issues. I don’t want that,” said James, who dislocated the same elbow while in college.

Despite missing time, the tailback aims to take on an expanded role in the 49ers offense this year, especially with fourth-year running back Kendall Hunter out with a torn ACL in his right knee.  

“I really just want to get out there with my teammates and compete,” James said. “The medicine is being on the field, just like coach (Jim) Harbaugh says.”

James has battled the injury bug throughout his fledgling NFL career, but he won’t let his medical history hinder him while he’s on the field. It'll be full speed ahead when the lights come on.

“People are going to have injuries; it’s football,” he said. “You just have to try to come back as quick as you can.”