Wilson still waiting on Isaac James #iufb

After being limited with a shoulder injury for the bulk of Indiana’s preseason camp, Isaac James’ status remains unclear.

The freshman receiver suffered a crack in his scapula after taking a hit from linebacker Dawson Fletcher in early August. Wilson has called it a minor injury that won’t require surgery, but James has missed enough time that a redshirt continues to be part of the conversation.

Wilson said on this week’s Big Ten coaches teleconference that the team is still evaluating whether James may be able to contribute at some point this fall.

“He hasn’t (missed) enough to say he’s out, but he hasn’t gone enough to say he’s kind of in the mix,” Wilson said. “He doesn’t have a major injury, but it’s one that’s taken a little bit more time. We haven’t ruled him out for the season, but as we go there will be a point in time (where) he’ll have enough value to play, or he won’t. Right now, it’s a little too early to tell.”

Before the injury, the speedy Carmel product was expected to challenge for a role as a slot receiver, though Mitchell Paige, Damon Graham and Luke Timian appear to have taken the top three spots on the depth chart for the time being.

247 Sports considered the three-star athlete the No. 5 prospect in the state during the 2015 recruiting cycle. James finished his high school career with over 2,000 rushing yards, 800 passing yards, 200 receiving yards and 40 touchdowns.