LaMichael James was just finishing his third consecutive game of rushing for over 200 yards when, for one of the only times this year, he fumbled the ball close to the goal line and went down.
Though many thought nothing of it at first, LaMichael did not get up from the ground and instead remained there writhing in pain.
Upon replay, it was clear to see that LaMichael had injured his arm fairly severely and was carted off the field. After the game, however, James shrugged it off as a dislocation and said that he would be doing everything to get back onto the field of play.
After all tests came back negative, many believed James would play, but then word broke out from Darron Thomas (the Oregon QB) that the Ducks were preparing to play without LaMichael James.
Despite the signs that James could return, LaMichael has all but been ruled out for the big matchup this weekend against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Autzen Stadium.
When you look at LaMichael James and the kind of player he is, there is no doubt that you cannot truly replace a player of that caliber without taking a hit on your offense. The Ducks, however, will be able to absorb this blow because of both the system they run and the players that they have waiting in line behind James.
While losing a Heisman-potential running back is never easy, the Ducks will be able to survive without James for several key reasons.