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It is being reported the Tampa Bay Bucs have lost running back LeGarrette Blount for at least a few weeks with an MCL sprain in his knee. Blount suffered the injury when he was nailed on his knee against the San Francisco 49ers.
Local radio broadcaster J.P. Peterson first reported Blount had suffered an MCL Grade 2 tear and would be out for four-to-six weeks. Normally Grade 2 tears takes four to six weeks to heal according to UCSF.com.
But here is where it gets interesting: the Bucs released running back Allen Bradford on Thursday. Bradford had been inactive for the team’s first four games before being activated in last Sunday’s contest. Bradford was the team’s sixth-round draft pick in April’s NFL Draft.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011, 11:40am
The next man up for LeGarrette Blount seems pretty cut and dried. Morris suggested the Bucs would probably lean more on Earnest Graham as their lead ball carrier and on Kregg Lumpkin as their third-down specialist, as well as incorporate rookie Allen Bradford into the offense.
Bucs coach Raheem Morris said, "I don't want to rule (LeGarrette Blount) out, but I'm not looking at him. It is what it is. Next man up. I'd like to get more detailed information on him. I'll call him day-to-day for now."
Blount went down in the third quarter after making a 29 yard catch from Freeman and getting tackled at the knees by D Goldson. He did not return. If Blount can't go, Earnest Graham will get a bulk of the carries. Kregg Lumpkin and Allen Bradford will also get some carries.
Coaches pretty much have to plan that way, but it doesn't sound as if Blount is going to play against the Saints. Fantasy owners should do the same and plan not to have Blount in your lineup this week. We'll keep updating you on the situation.
Sunday, July 31, 2011, 2:27pm
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are not in a hurry to sign running back Cadillac Williams. Tampa will take a long look at Kregg Lumpkin as a potential third down back. Veteran Earnest Graham and rookie Allen Bradford could also be in the mix.