Injury Holds Rutgers RB Paul James Out vs. Michigan

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- A frustrating lower-body injury held Paul James out of action against Michigan, but the rested fifth-year senior captain is ready for action against Nebraska after his teammates shouldered the load for him in a 49-16 loss to the Wolverines.

Take away a 54-yard run by Robert Martin and the Scarlet Knights averaged just 2.4 yards per carry against Michigan. That was not an easy sight for Paul James, who missed the game for injury reasons.

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood held James out of action with a lower body injury, but a return against Nebraska is "questionable."

"It's really frustrating," James said. "You always want to play when you're out there. You want to be with your team. It's really just frustrating that I couldn't be out there for them."

An injury history for James did not stop him from eight straight starts in the 2015 season. The Rutgers captain has 357 yards and one touchdown as the team's third-leading rusher.

"I feel good," James said. "I'm working to get back, and we're really just ready. We're preparing for Nebraska. We watched a little bit of film yesterday. We're going to get more into it tomorrow with practice."


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