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.

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