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LeGarrette Blount unlikely to play this weekend

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Earnest Graham runs Reuters

The Buccaneers haven’t made any official declaration about running back LeGarrette Blount’s availability for this Sunday after he suffered a knee injury in the Week Five loss to the 49ers, but quarterback Josh Freeman gave a pretty big hint that he’ll be out of action on Wednesday.

Blount missed practice on Wednesday and the quarterback didn’t try to disguise the team’s feelings about Blount’s chances of playing. Freeman said, via Rick Stroud of the St. Petersburg Times, that Earnest Graham will carry the load in the backfield when the Bucs face the Saints.

“You guys know Earnest has done everything for us,” Freeman said. “Whether it’s playing fullback, being the third down back and now this week he’s going to get the majority of the reps, the majority of the carries. I mean, he’s done it before…he’s a guy we know can get it done.”

Graham has 18 carries for 84 yards and 23 catches for 143 yards so far this season. He’s served mostly as the team’s third-down back, a role that would likely fall to Kregg Lumpkin with Graham stepping into the lead tailback role on Sunday.

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20 Responses to “LeGarrette Blount unlikely to play this weekend”
  1. blountforce says: Oct 12, 2011 6:12 PM

    As a die hard Buc Fan, I find this quite disturbing. With last year’s Freeman, i’d have no worries. With this year’s Freeman, i’m not very optimistic.

    On another note, has anyone noticed that the Eagles have never won a Superbowl? Serves that city right….. and I love it!!!

  2. trbowman says: Oct 12, 2011 6:16 PM

    Earnest has always been good with his opportunties.

  3. trbowman says: Oct 12, 2011 6:17 PM

    “He’s served mostly as the team’s third-down back, a role that would likely fall to Kregg Lumpkin with Graham stepping into the lead tailback role on Sunday.”

    It’s the great Lumpkin Charlie Brown.

  4. marcsasharc says: Oct 12, 2011 6:17 PM

    the bucs not only lost to SF, they lost their swag and they got physically dominated. Blount, Williams and Winslow got hit hard repeatedly. Goldson destroyed Williams, knocked Blount out the game and rattled Winslow twice.

  5. theblondbomber says: Oct 12, 2011 6:18 PM

    I wish I had a cool name like LeGarrette…

  6. cityofsharks says: Oct 12, 2011 6:25 PM

    I’m not a T.B fan but I still hope they beat the Saints…. Go Titans!!!!

  7. danospleasanton says: Oct 12, 2011 6:30 PM

    Javid Best needs to watch out!! Blount is far more stout than he. That same knock out hit would put Best out of action for weeks. As much as I loved Best at Cal it’s gonna be fun to root against him. I just hope he is still healthy after the game.

  8. bucforever says: Oct 12, 2011 6:46 PM

    Next man up! GO BUCS!

  9. axespray says: Oct 12, 2011 6:47 PM

    undrafted …. man.
    If we had given this guy a look, imagine how much easier it would have been to win the superbowl last year…

    All we needed in a few games(WSH/MIA) last year was a running game.
    gerrrrhh! hindsight!

  10. donvitosf says: Oct 12, 2011 7:02 PM

    D Goldson laid him out.

  11. seneca1ss says: Oct 12, 2011 7:10 PM

    that back field is dangerous next year w/Trent Richardson & Blount

  12. brooklynniner19 says: Oct 12, 2011 7:21 PM

    Haha.. he got hurt by the “hit man” Dashon Goldston. Took his legs right from under him and he never came back into the game. LoL go 9ers!!

  13. detroitrollin22 says: Oct 12, 2011 8:23 PM

    @danospleasanton

    You have to catch Jahvid first…. it’s hard to hit someone when ur reading their last name all game just ask the Bears Defense

  14. jeffro33 says: Oct 12, 2011 8:48 PM

    blountforce says:
    Oct 12, 2011 6:12 PM
    As a die hard Buc Fan, I find this quite disturbing. With last year’s Freeman, i’d have no worries. With this year’s Freeman, i’m not very optimistic.

    On another note, has anyone noticed that the Eagles have never won a Superbowl? Serves that city right….. and I love it!!!
    ————————————————-

    yah, but they do have 3 nfl championships….

  15. tuckyous says: Oct 12, 2011 9:22 PM

    Kregg Lumpkin… isn’t that some variation of a blumpkin?

  16. danospleasanton says: Oct 12, 2011 9:43 PM

    @detroitrollin22

    Oh please… don’t get me wrong, Jahvid is a stud and he should give the 9ers fits all day. However, the Bears defence blows just ask Brian Urlacher. By his own admission he said his team sucks. You guys have a possibly great team… just like us. On Sunday we will get to see your massive D line up close. Just remember our LBs and DBs lay the wood. It won’t be a cake walk for either team. I can’t wait to see this one play out. May the best team win!

  17. drgreenstreak says: Oct 12, 2011 10:34 PM

    Alright! Blount can smoke a blunt and relax.

    Blount’s injured knee would not keep him from being useful. He could be sent to the other team’s locker room to beat the crap outta one of their players. He’s good at that.
    Or, you could have him punch out any Buc’s underachievers. Doesn’t matter to Blount.
    Just tell him that guy really enjoyed the time with his mommy and he’ll be ready to go!

  18. drgreenstreak says: Oct 12, 2011 10:36 PM

    Did Blount even register a score on the Wonderlic?

  19. drgreenstreak says: Oct 12, 2011 10:37 PM

    Bucs have great athletes!

    In today’s NFL, a few brain cells are necessary to win a few games.

  20. drgreenstreak says: Oct 12, 2011 10:40 PM

    I hear Blount is demanding a pirate costume for Halloween and use of the cannon from the stadium. Wants to point it at Boise.
    He swears the Bucs will beat them when they play. He wasn’t sure when they are on the schedule but he’ll be ready!

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