1. Sophomore running back LaMichael James returned to the practice field today after going down with a knee injury last Saturday. Duck fans who were jilted by the news of James' injury can take comfort in the fact that the team's leading rusher wasn't wearing a knee brace while walking with a slight limp this morning. Though he joined his teammates in shells, James donned a red non-contact jersey and didn't participate in drills. After practice, Oregon head coach Chip Kelly didn't offer up much detail on his knicked up star, though he didn't appear to be too preoccupied with James' immediate future.
"Those guys are day-to-day, but should be back real soon" said Kelly of James and running back Kenjon Barner, who injured his hand during practice on Saturday.
2. The team practiced for this first time this fall inside the confines of Autzen Stadium. During the offseason, the Ducks (for lack of a better description) leveled the playing field, removing the infamous crown and installing brand-new FieldTurf. Kelly said he would get feedback from his team on how they liked playing on the new surface, but believed that the initial impressions were positive.
"I think they like it," remarked Kelly, "It's different than (the turf) at the Mo. There's a pad underneath this too (to prevent) concussions. It's a different surface. We have the FieldTurf in (the Moshofsky Center), but it doesn't have a pad. It's a little bit of a different feel, but I think we kind of like it."
Official Oregon Injury Report
RB Kenjon Barner (hand), DT Zac Clark (back), LB Michael Clay (leg), OL Hroniss Grasu (shoulder), WR Justin Hoffman (head), WR Josh Huff (ankle), RB LaMichael James (knee), OL Darrion Weems (back), TE Curtis White (shoulder)
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