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Mike James | Running Back | #39

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (27) / 4/13/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 215
College: Miami (FL)
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 6 (189) / TB
Contract: view contract details

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Lions placed RB Mike James on injured reserve with a concussion, ending his season.
The ex-Buc tallied eight touches in four games for Tampa last season. Injured reserve is obviously an alarming destination for anyone with a head injury, especially this early in the year, but it's probably more of a procedural move than anything else. James will be cut loose with an injury settlement once he gets healthy. Tue, Aug 15, 2017 04:08:00 PM

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Lions signed RB Mike James, TE Kennard Backman, TE Khari Lee, LB Steve Longa, OT Matt Rotheram, T/G Brandon Thomas, WR Andrew Turzilli, and CB Charles Washington to reserve/future contracts.

We already blurbed Jared Abbrederis, who was among this group. Backman is a former Packers draft pick. James has spent most of his career at the bottom of the Bucs' roster. Thomas is a former top-100 pick of the 49ers.
Mon, Jan 9, 2017 04:42:00 PM

Bucs waived RB Mike James.

It's an indication Jacquizz Rodgers (foot) is ready to return.
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 04:23:00 PM

Bucs re-signed RB Mike James.

James was released with an injury settlement last month. James knows Tampa's system well, and figures to see some work Thursday night against the Falcons. With Doug Martin (hamstring) and Jacquizz Rodgers (foot) ailing, James will form a committee with Antone Smith and Peyton Barber.
Mon, Oct 31, 2016 02:18:00 PM

Buccaneers released RB Mike James with an injury settlement.

He's been taken off injured reserve and is free to sign elsewhere. James spent last year on the Bucs' practice squad. He's rushed 79 times for 332 yards with no touchdowns in 19 NFL appearances.
Wed, Sep 14, 2016 06:15:00 PM

Bucs waived/injured RB Mike James.

James made the initial 53-man roster as the No. 3 back. One of Peyton Barber or Russell Hansbrough will likely be elevated from the practice squad.
Wed, Sep 7, 2016 12:24:00 PM

Bucs waived RB Mike James.

James was fourth on the depth chart behind Bobby Rainey and has been inactive the first three weeks of the season. Only 24, he will get another shot somewhere.
Tue, Sep 29, 2015 10:27:00 AM

Buccaneers declared RB Mike James, WR Mike Evans, DE T.J. Fatinikun, CB Mike Jenkins, QB Ryan Griffin, C Eric Kush and DE Kourtnei Brown inactive for Week 1 against the Titans.

James is a healthy scratch. Doug Martin will handle early-down work for the Bucs with Charles Sims spelling him on third downs. Tampa Bay could look to run the ball more with top receiver Mike Evans sitting out with a hamstring injury.
Sun, Sep 13, 2015 03:24:00 PM

Mike James rushed four times for nine yards in the Bucs' Week 9 loss to the Browns.

Just a breather back behind Bobby Rainey, James only handled the four touches despite Doug Martin and Charles Sims' inactivity. James has no value in re-draft leagues, and little to none in Dynasty settings.
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 04:30:00 PM

Mike James rushed four times for four yards in Tampa Bay's Week 3 loss to the Falcons.

James caught a pass, but lost five yards. James briefly spelled Bobby Rainey after Rainey's first of two lost fumbles, but the Bucs quickly thought better of it. A distant third behind Rainey and Doug Martin, James is off the radar in 12-14 team leagues.
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 12:34:00 AM

Mike James (shoulder) is probable for Week 1 against the Panthers.

James was limited early in the week, but will be fine for Sunday's game. He's not expected to see any touches behind Doug Martin and Bobby Rainey.
Fri, Sep 5, 2014 07:13:00 PM

Mike James (shoulder) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

James missed the Bucs' final two preseason games, but has been practicing since last week. He should be considered questionable for Sunday's matchup with the Panthers. Bobby Rainey is locked in as Doug Martin's backup.
Wed, Sep 3, 2014 04:48:00 PM

Bucs RB Mike James (shoulder) has resumed practicing.

James ended up missing a little more than a week. He's third in line for touches behind Doug Martin and Bobby Rainey.
Mon, Aug 25, 2014 02:02:00 PM

Mike James sustained a shoulder injury in Saturday's preseason game against the Dolphins.

James is not expected to play in this week's third preseason contest. It's another injury concern in the backfield for the Bucs, who already lost Charles Sims to a fractured ankle. Assuming James is ready for Week 1, he'll pair with Bobby Rainey behind Doug Martin.
Mon, Aug 18, 2014 11:57:00 AM

Mike James has been getting mostly third-team reps at Bucs camp.

James is battling Bobby Rainey for reps behind Doug Martin and Charles Sims. We'd expect him to win out. James handled himself well in a couple spot starts last year, even putting 28-158-0 on the Seahawks in an overtime Week 9 loss. If Martin were to go down, James and Sims would likely form a committee attack.
Sun, Aug 3, 2014 09:22:00 AM

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