James still working back to form

Only when Edgerrin James adds big plays back to his repertoire will the Colts' offense reach its potential.

Updated: September 18, 2003, 5:13 PM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | NFL Insider
It's a commonly held belief that it takes two years for a player, particularly a running back, to fully recover from a torn ACL. So it's no surprise that people expected Edgerrin James to bounce back this season and once again become one of the game's most dominant backs.

In 1999 and 2000, his first two seasons, he led the league in rushing. But after missing most of the 2001 season with the knee injury, he returned last year and gained a career-low 989 yards on 3.6 yards per carry. To James, that's ancient history. And he thinks he's as good as ever.