Earnest Graham, the veteran backup who became the starter in LeGarrette Blount's absence during the past two games, suffered a torn Achilles' tendon in the loss to the Bears and almost certainly will be placed on injured reserve, ending his season.
The injury requires surgery and extensive rehab, a tall order for a 31-year-old running back.
The Bucs will be looking to address the position during this much-needed bye week, with Kregg Lumpkin — who struggled in relief of Graham — the only healthy back on the active roster.
On Sunday, Lumpkin gained 15 yards on eight carries, 1.9 yards per carry, and the Bucs rushed for a season-low 30 yards.
The Bucs don't have a lot of options outside of Lumpkin, who is more of a third-down back than anything. Look for the team, who is on a bye this week, to make a move in preparation for their game on Nov. 6. Whomever they sign could end up having at least some fantasy value, especially for Blount owners.