With Doug Martin also out for the year, Tampa Bay is down to its third and fourth running backs.
James' fantasy relevancy ended almost as quickly as it started. Brian Leonard will be the Buccaneers' featured back as they're now without both James and Doug Martin.
The rookie had 84 rushing yards on 24 carries in his previous two games. That includes 39 yards on 10 attempts in his first NFL start, a 31-13 loss to Carolina on Oct. 24.
James is seeing the bulk of the action thanks to Doug Martin's injury for the woeful Bucs, who are bringing back memories of their creamsicle uniform days with their horrid play under embattled coach Greg Schiano.
The rookie could get more carries since Doug Martin left the game with an injury so stay tuned.
In addition to swapping spots with Minnesota in the sixth round, the Bucs gave up a seventh-round pick they had just obtained from a trade that sent reserve running back LeGarrette Blount to the Patriots. The trade also brought Tampa Bay the rights to sprinter Jeff Demps, who was undrafted in 2012 after telling teams he wanted to focus on his track career.