Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Mike James fractured his left ankle during Monday night's win over the Miami Dolphins and will be out indefinitely. The rookie had already rushed for 41 yards on only five carries before the injury. Last week, he touched the ball 30 times for 166 total yards. Moving forward, RBs Brian Leonard and Bobby Rainey will be the primary ball-carriers for Tampa Bay.
The full extent of the damage done to James' ankle are not yet known. He will undergo further testing Monday and a a more precise timetable for his injury will be laid out. The early reports suggest he is likely out for the year. Leonard is the lead back from here on out. It's just important to remember Rainey is younger, faster and has big play ability which was on display Monday night. Both runners will split playing time and it'll be interesting to see how the Bucs opt to divide the carries.