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Wednesday, August 2, 2006 - Page updated at 02:49 PM

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UW running back James hurt

Seattle Times staff reporter

Kenny James, the projected starter at Washington's dangerously thin running back position, will be hampered by a broken arm when training camp begins Tuesday.

James, a senior who has rushed for 1,335 yards in three years at UW, suffered a broken radius bone in his right forearm during a workout with other players a couple of weeks ago, a school spokesman confirmed.

The injury is described as "about as minor'' as a broken arm can be. While he will wear a splint in practice, the recovery time is typically four weeks, meaning James will less than full strength for about two more weeks.

The Huskies are set to start practice next Tuesday and to get in full pads for the first time on Aug. 12. James will likely be close to returning by then, but could miss the first few days of full pads practice.

James is one of just three tailbacks returning who has ever carried the ball for the Huskies. Coach Tyrone Willingham expressed concern about the depth at the spot during Pac-10 media day last week before it was known about the injury to James.

"You're right on that edge of not having enough depth at that position to make things really work,'' Willingham said.

James has started 15 games in his career, but none a year ago when he was hampered all season by a shoulder injury suffered the first day of fall camp.

After a good spring practice, however, James was again named the team's starter heading into fall drills.

His backups are junior Louis Rankin and senior Shelton Sampson. Sampson was shifted to cornerback last fall, then quit the team before returning in the spring.

Sampson was recently moved back to tailback when UW learned that redshirt freshman J.R. Hasty will be academically ineligible this season. Hasty, a former Bellevue High star, is expected to remain at UW and attempt to regain eligibility for the 2007 season.

Two incoming freshmen are listed as running backs and will add depth at the spot Matt Mosley of Chandler, Ariz., and Leilyon Myers of Compton, Calif.

James, of Dos Palos, Calif., redshirted in the 2002 season and had his best season in 2004 with a team-high 702 yards.

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