Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the 49ers' picks: Round 2/61 -- LaMichael James, RB, 5-8, 194, Oregon...Slippery undersized back will also be trained to return kicks. - The Sports Xchange
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08/30/13 - RB LaMichael James injured his left knee during Thursday night's preseason victory over the San Diego Chargers.
The Sacramento Bee reported Friday that James, the team's main punt returner and backup running back, sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee.
The severity of the injury was not immediately known, but the team will go to Kyle Williams to return punts and Quinton Patton will return kickoffs for the time being.
James is behind Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter on the depth chart at running back.
James had only 55 rushing yards on 24 carries during the preseason.
01/25/13 - RB LaMichael James (back) was a full participant in practice Friday and probable for the Super Bowl.
01/25/13 - RB LaMichael James (back) practiced fully on Thursday despite nursing his injury.
01/22/13 - RB LaMichael James' value continues to increase as the team runs more read-option plays with Colin Kaepernick at quarterback. He's averaged 6.9 yards an attempt on his eight playoff carries, including five for 34 yards against Atlanta.
01/20/13 - RB LaMichael James scored his first career touchdown on a 15-yard run against Atlanta.
01/18/13 - RB LaMichael James established himself as a premier kickoff return man during the end of the regular season, and opposing teams took notice. He averaged nearly 30 yards a return during the regular season, but took just one kickoff out of the end zone against Green Bay, for 23 yards.
01/17/13 - As RB LaMichael James established himself as a premier kickoff return man during the end of the regular season, opposing teams took notice. He averaged nearly 30 yards a return during the regular season, but took just one kickoff out of the end zone against Green Bay, for 23 yards.
01/15/13 - RB LaMichael James has shown he can make a significant impact for San Francisco. He's averaged seven yards a carry over his last 10 attempts and 29.8 yards per kickoff return since taking over the role.
12/31/12 - RB LaMichael James' 29.8 average would rank No. 2 in the NFL if he had enough kickoff returns to qualify for the league leaders.
12/27/12 - RB LaMichael James is averaging 29.5 yards per kickoff return, which is fourth in the NFL among players with at least 10 kickoff returns.