Oregon's state of the backfield

Will Oregon be without running back LaMichael James and quarterback Darron Thomas when it visits Colorado this weekend?

Darron ThomasICONWill Darron Thomas be healthy enough to play on Saturday at Colorado?

Well, if you're looking for answers, Chip Kelly isn't usually one to provide any when it comes to injuries. Such was the case on Tuesday when the Ducks head coach labeled both players "day to day" at his conference call.

With practice being closed to the media, we could merely speculate at this time. But it would be very surprising if James took the field so quickly after injuring his elbow less than two weeks ago against Cal. The Heisman Trophy contender has been limited to conditioning work while a brace is being made for his elbow. James maintains that he can play if need be, but it's hard to see him taking the field against CU with Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas being able to fill in well during his absence.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday afternoon the Oregon Sports Network reported that backup quarterback Bryan Bennett has been taking all of the snaps with the first unit in practice this week, so there's a real possibility that Thomas could be sidelined against the Buffaloes despite being in full pads for practice. Thomas left last week's game against Arizona State because of an apparent left knee injury.

At best, both players are very questionable. And there's a very good chance Buffs head coach Jon Embree — along with the rest of us — won't know the status of the Ducks' two stars until shortly before kickoff on Saturday.

Email dave.miller@nationalfootballpost.com or follow me on Twitter at Miller_Dave

Upcoming Games

Nov 26th, 12:30 PM

Houston -3 -110

Detroit +3 -110

@

Nov 26th, 4:30 PM

Washington +3 +100

Dallas -3 +100

@

Nov 26th, 8:20 PM

Baltimore +4 -110

Pittsburgh -4 -110

@

Nov 29th, 1:00 PM

Carolina +4 -110

Minnesota -4 -110

@

Nov 29th, 1:00 PM

Tennessee +3.5 +100

Indianapolis -3.5 +100

@

Nov 29th, 1:00 PM

Arizona -2.5 -110

New England +2.5 -110

@

Nov 29th, 1:00 PM

Cleveland -6.5 -110

Jacksonville +6.5 -110

@

Nov 29th, 1:00 PM

Miami -7 -120

NY Jets +7 -120

@

Nov 29th, 1:00 PM

Las Vegas -3 -110

Atlanta +3 -110

@

Nov 29th, 1:00 PM

NY Giants -6 -110

Cincinnati +6 -110

@

Nov 29th, 1:00 PM

LA Chargers +5.5 -110

Buffalo -5.5 -110

@

Nov 29th, 4:05 PM

San Francisco +7 -110

LA Rams -7 -110

@

Nov 29th, 4:05 PM

New Orleans -6 -110

Denver +6 -110

@

Nov 29th, 4:25 PM

Kansas City -3.5 -110

Tampa Bay +3.5 -110

@

Nov 29th, 8:20 PM

Chicago +8.5 -110

Green Bay -8.5 -110

@

Nov 30th, 8:15 PM

Seattle -5 -110

Philadelphia +5 -110

@

Dec 3rd, 8:20 PM

Dallas +7 +100

Baltimore -7 +100

@