Mike James has fractured ankle, out indefinitely for Buccaneers

Mike Ehrmann

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have likely lost their rookie running back for the season.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost rookie running back Mike James to an ankle injury early in the game against the Miami Dolphins, after he managed to rack up 41 yards on just five carries. According to Ian Rapoport, James fractured his ankle, which means the immediate future doesn't look good for him.

A fracture usually means an end to the season, especially so with just seven games remaining. While he may not theoretically be out for the season, it seems a little unlikely that he returns this year.

Brian Leonard took over as the Bucs' main running back and now has 59 yards on 17 carries on the game. He's also the team's third-down back, so the Bucs are likely to work in Bobby Rainey a little more in upcoming games. Rainey has 37 yards on five carries, so he should get more time.

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