James spent the last five weeks on the sidelines following a lower-leg injury. He will practice this week pending trainer approval.
"My plan right now is to put him out there on the practice field this week and see what he looks like," Flood said. "I've gotten reports from the trainers, and in everything we've asked him to do so far, he's looked really good. But all of those things are without football equipment and without other players around him. Now we have to put him out there with the rest of the team and run plays and see how he looks."
James led the nation in rushing with 573 yards and six touchdowns at the time of his injury. He remains the Scarlet Knights' leading rusher through eight games.
"Early in the year when Paul was running the football, he certainly proved that he was the most productive running back we had. Whether or not that will be the case after this week, I think we'll have to decide that during the practice week and see if he's ready to carry it that amount of times again."
Red-shirt freshman Ruhann Peele's future has not yet been decided. Peele moved to cornerback this week from wide receiver and could see time at both during the bye week.
"I'm certainly very pleased with what Ruhann was able to do, not just in coverage," Flood said. "… Whether or not we go forward with him still at corner or back at receiver or maybe some combination of the two, I think we'll decide that tomorrow."
Peele finished with three tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
"It's not good enough right now," Flood said. "I'm not ready to say who will be the starting kicker in the next game, but to go forward and continue to miss 50 percent of our field goals is not going to be good enough. Right now we're six of 11 on the seasons, so we're slightly better than 50 percent. It's disappointing for sure."