San Francisco 49ers’ running back LaMichael James says he is ready to play.
Hey ____ my knee feels fine I'm ready to play …
— LaMichael James (@LaMichaelJames) September 23, 2013
Through three games, the 49ers passing offense ranks 23rd in the NFL at roughly 217 yards per game – their rushing offense 19th at about 102 yard per game.
In limited action in 2012, James rushed 27 times for 125 yards for a 4.6 per rush average and caught 3 passes for 29 yards in four games. He returned 14 kicks for almost 30 yards per attempt during that time.
In the playoffs, James rushed 11 times for 65 yards – or 5.9 yards per attempt.
With the 49ers’ offense reeling through three games and a 1-2 record – including back-to-back losses to Seattle and Indianapolis – adding the multidimensional back seems like a no-brainer. That is of course, if he is truly healthy.
San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh is not ready to commit to adding James just yet for Thursday’s divisional matchup against St. Louis.
“We will make that evaluation,” Harbaugh said to CSN Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco when asked if James would play if he’s 100% healthy.
For a team needing a spark, adding James could certainly provide that. Before his left knee sprain in the 49ers’ final preseason game, James was also handling punts – Kyle Williams has since taken over that duty and hasn’t done anything noteworthy.
This could be a case of Harbaugh being elusive with the media again – but if it’s not and the 49ers don’t want to add a 100% healthy LaMichael James, it will leave many fans asking, why?