Jeff James, Stanford's standout wide receiver, is unlikely to...

STANFORD, Calif. -- Jeff James, Stanford's standout wide receiver, is unlikely to play Saturday against Oregon State because of a strained tendon in the arch of his left foot.

James suffered the injury in last Saturday's 28-10 triumph over San Jose State.


'It occurred late in the game,' Cardinal trainer Standley Scott said. 'He was running a pass pattern, he planted his foot and felt a pull. He thought the tape on his ankle had torn, but in fact it was a stretch of the fascia (arch).'

The trainer said the injury heals slowly and it would be tough to project when James would return.

'The injury causes pain in his heel,' Scott said. 'It is a slow-healing injury and it is difficult to know how long it will take him to fully recover.'

James opened the season with a three-touchdown performance in the Cardinal's 31-20 victory over Texas. For his efforts, James was named the Pacific-10's Player of the Week. In all, the junior from Los Angeles has 18 receptions this season for 264 yards.

Stanford Coach Jack Elway, whose team is 2-0, said James' loss would not cause any major adjusts in the offensive strategy against the Beavers.


'We will probably try to balance things a bit better by using more running plays,' Elway said.

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