EUGENE, Ore. -- Running back LaMichael James injured his right elbow early in the fourth quarter of No. 9 Oregon's 43-15 victory over California on Thursday night. However, he said afterward that it was not broken.
Fans at Autzen Stadium chanted his name as the national rushing leader was carted off the field after trainers stabilized the arm in a sleeve.
An ambulance with lights flashing pulled up to Autzen, but it apparently had not come for James, who was waiting for his teammates outside the locker room with his arm in a sling after the game.
James, a Heisman Trophy finalist last season, ran for 239 yards and a touchdown before he was hurt. He waved to the crowd as he left the field.
James has run for at least 200 yards in his last three games, something no Ducks player had done before.
He went into the game leading the nation with 153 yards rushing per game. He had 166 by halftime against Cal.
James did not know the extent of the injury. He said his X-ray was negative for a break.
He said he knew he had, at the very least, dislocated his elbow when he was down on the field.
"I panicked. It was out so I popped it back in," he said.
James said he did not know his status for next Saturday's game against Arizona State.
"Even if I don't play, we have tremendous backs," he said. "I don't think we'll miss a beat."
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press
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