Schiano confirms RB James done for season
As feared Monday night, Bucs coach Greg Schiano confirmed Tuesday that rookie running back Mike James, who had shown promise in filling in for Doug Martin, is done for the season after fracturing his left ankle on the opening drive.
James, a sixth-round draft pick from Miami, had a strong start Monday, rushing for 41 yards on five carries, but Dolphins linebacker Dannell Elllerbe landed on his ankle as he tackled him near the goal line. James was carted off the field, and one week after he rushed for 158 yards on 28 carries, he's now done for the season.
The Bucs used Brian Leonard and Bobby Rainey, who combined for 102 yards on 28 carries, with Rainey scoring the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter. They're expected to sign another running back to replace him on the 53-man roster; he's the fourth running back placed on injured reserve by the Bucs, following Martin, Jeff Demps and Michael Smith. The team in September cut veteran Peyton Hillis, who has since filled in for another depleted backfield with the Giants.