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Paul James on verge of a return for Rutgers

Paul James, Eric Bennett AP

Through the first three games of the season, Paul James led the country in rushing with 493 yards.  An injury in the fourth game against Arkansas, however, has put the Rutgers running back on the shelf.

That sabbatical, it appears, is on the verge of coming to an end.

While Kyle Flood has already ruled James out of the Oct. 26 game against Houston — the Scarlet Knights are on a bye this weekend — the RU head coach said there’s a possibility he could play in the Nov. 2 game against Temple.  At the latest, and barring a setback, James will play against Cincinnati Nov. 16.

“We’ll re-evaluate him on Sunday (Oct. 27) and see if he will be ready to go for the game after that,” Flood said. “I would be very optimistic that past that he will be back. But I think there is a possibility still that he will back for the Temple game.”

James sustained what the school labeled as a lower-leg injury.  There are reports that suggest James suffered a broken or cracked fibula.

Despite missing the past two games, James still leads the Scarlet Knights in rushing with 573 yards and six touchdowns.

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