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LeGarrette Blount is back, with a bigger workload

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back LeGarrette Blount reacts Reuters

Buccaneers running back LeGarrette Blount injured the MCL in his knee during a Week Five blowout loss to the 49ers.  He missed two games, but he’ll be back on Sunday, when the Bucs meet the Saints again, three weeks after their first meeting of the season.

And with Earnest Graham out for the year after suffering a torn Achilles’ tendon during Tampa’s loss to the Bears in London, Blount will be absorbing Graham’s duties as the third-down back.

“Oh yeah, I know I’m going to play third downs in this game,” Blount said Tuesday, per Rick Stroud of the St. Petersburg Times.  “I’m probably not going to play all of them, but I know I’m going to play quite a few of them.  I’ve shown that I know the protections and I know the routes and everything and I can catch the ball, so that’s going to help us out tremendously.  It’s going to let me stay in the game a little bit longer and play a lot more snaps, so I’m excited.”

Even though Blount missed two games with the knee injury, he was expected to be out even longer.  “My recovery was a little bit faster than what we thought, so everything is going real well,” Blount said.  “It’s looking good for this week.”

Blount’s return to health comes at a great time for the Bucs.  “I know it was dire need during the bye week, I listened to it the whole bye week, how we didn’t have anybody healthy on the roster and all that stuff,” coach Raheem Morris said.  “It was great.  It was awesome.  I had every running back in the nation call me to get a job.”

Well, at least Tiki tried.

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21 Responses to “LeGarrette Blount is back, with a bigger workload”
  1. soregon says: Nov 1, 2011 11:57 PM

    3 and out…. Now maybe 3 and BLOUNT. Could be just what the doctor ordered for TB.

  2. trbowman says: Nov 2, 2011 12:03 AM

    Blount as a third down back is going to be a disaster.

    I don’t get why it isn’t Lumpkin. He might have failed miserably as a runner last week but, there’s no question he’s a much better catcher out of the backfield than Blount.

  3. hakk03 says: Nov 2, 2011 12:04 AM

    As a Legarrette Blount fantasy owner currently in first place…I’m lickin’ my chops. Blount is a beast and just LOOK at that schedule down the stretch and through the fantasy playoffs.

  4. makavelidafins says: Nov 2, 2011 12:14 AM

    Good news for fantasy owners.

  5. akasaintsbaby says: Nov 2, 2011 12:25 AM

    He will have at least 120 rushing yards against that horrendous Saints defense.

  6. kashonly says: Nov 2, 2011 12:31 AM

    C’mon Blount sweep da Ain’ts. SJAX should be calling you to ask how you ran for so many against them!

  7. tbf22 says: Nov 2, 2011 1:43 AM

    Bout damn time! :D

    Blount has been great working in the middle of defenses now picture him on the outside of defenses… Who wants to tackle that beast? I guarantee you Brent Grimes and Jabari Greer want no part of that!

  8. eacuna05 says: Nov 2, 2011 1:46 AM

    Look at what Steven Jackson did against the Saints this past Sunday.

    Blount has a chance of getting 100+ yards on that defense, depending on his health, and help the Bucs to victory. Hey, the Bucs won their last meeting, why not this one?

    And I’m not a Buc fan. I’m a fan of the team that blew them out. The Niners.

  9. kayotiicdat says: Nov 2, 2011 3:38 AM

    He will be facing an angry Saints team, LMAO Good luck with that. Saints are gonna walk all over them!

  10. seneca1ss says: Nov 2, 2011 4:28 AM

    He’s looks like Earl Campbell for about 5 or 6 carries every game

  11. gobucs02 says: Nov 2, 2011 7:13 AM

    Big break for Bucs. Ever since Blount left, they’ve been 1-2, counting SF game.

  12. greenpacker says: Nov 2, 2011 7:32 AM

    if i were a terminally ill child, my wish would be for LeGarrette Blount to jump over me then fight Chris Cooley in a cage match in my honor.

  13. blountforce says: Nov 2, 2011 7:36 AM

    kayotiicdat says:
    Nov 2, 2011 3:38 AM
    He will be facing an angry Saints team, LMAO Good luck with that.
    ——————————————————

    You mean they weren’t angry as Steven Jackson was ramming the ball down their throats? Or as Chris Long was terrorizing Drew Brees??

  14. nflofficeadmin says: Nov 2, 2011 7:53 AM

    Time to smoke a blount.

  15. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 2, 2011 8:13 AM

    kayotiicdat says:
    Nov 2, 2011 3:38 AM
    He will be facing an angry Saints team, LMAO Good luck with that. Saints are gonna walk all over them!

    ———–

    And they’re going home angry AGAIN, like they did the last time they faced the Bucs. They can’t stop the run.

  16. claydefayette says: Nov 2, 2011 9:43 AM

    Can Josh Freeman come back? Blount needs to be 100% because knees are an easy target on a big bruising runners. I love watching him run and hurdle.

  17. ronswansonsdinner says: Nov 2, 2011 9:45 AM

    ESPN thinks the Saints will win the Super Bowl every year and never criticizes them. What is their obsession with them?

  18. ravensfan4life52 says: Nov 2, 2011 10:16 AM

    my fantasy team will appreciate it.

  19. schmitty2 says: Nov 2, 2011 10:21 AM

    Sjax then Blount.Those linebackers are going to be SORE!

  20. alldayvikings says: Nov 2, 2011 10:25 AM

    And they’re going home angry AGAIN, like they did the last time they faced the Bucs. They can’t stop the run.

    They will already be at home. Brees is gonna pass all over the bucs.

  21. metzgerf says: Nov 2, 2011 11:12 AM

    I’m not a Bucs fan, but I made a trade for Blount in my fantasy league last week, so here’s hoping he comes back with a vengeance!!

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