Coach David Cutcliffe said Thursday that ''you'll see Jela somewhere in the first quarter'' against No. 20 Georgia Tech on Saturday.
Duncan was the Blue Devils' No. 2 rusher in 2013, but hasn't played since the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game loss to Florida State that year.
Duncan missed the Chick-fil-A Bowl that year and the entire 2014 season because of a yearlong academic suspension. Then he partially tore a pectoral muscle last month on the team's first day in pads.
Shaq Powell and Shaun Wilson have been the top rushers this season for Duke (2-1). Cutcliffe says it ''remains to be seen'' whether the unit becomes a full rotation with Duncan.