Monday Practice Report: On to Tulane

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers returned home banged up after a physical battle with Navy. With an extensive injury report out Monday, coach Kyle Flood addressed the latest on the roster following the season-ending injury to star tailback Paul James.

Rutgers is without Paul James for the remained of the season but is close to getting back some key players. Head coach Kyle Flood talked about all of it during his Tulane week press conference.

The Headline -- Desmon Peoples and Justin Goodwin are co-starters at running back in the move to replace Paul James. Losing James with a torn ACL, Peoples, Goodwin and freshmen Robert Martin and Josh Hicks are going to be the ones to step up.

Goodwin remains at running back where he went for more than 100 yards in his first game this season at the position.

“We put him back on offense,” Flood said. “Sure enough, it ends up being a good move for us to have him back running the football on Saturday. It was Justin that had his first hundred-yard game. The combination of those two guys should allow us continue to have a quality guy to hand the ball to given the fact we don't have P.J.”

Worth Noting -- Wide receiver Andre Patton is probable after missing the first third of the season. The sophomore had a stellar camp before what Flood called a “freak accident” in catching a ball during the second scrimmage of the summer.

Quote of the Day -- “It’s never about the future opponents. If we were playing Alabama in two games, I wouldn’t be thinking about it. It’s always about us. It’s about us focusing on what we need to do against Tulane.”

-- Senior guard Kaleb Johnson.

On the Other Side -- It was a tough loss for Tulane with a 47-13 loss to Duke on the Blue Devils’ way to a 4-0 start.

Check out the full breakdown over here.

Now sit back and take in Flood’s press conference.

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