LeGarrette Blount is back, with a bigger workload

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.

21 responses to “LeGarrette Blount is back, with a bigger workload

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Bout damn time! 😀

    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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. kayotiicdat says:
    Nov 2, 2011 3:38 AM
    He will be facing an angry Saints team, LMAO Good luck with that.
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    You mean they weren’t angry as Steven Jackson was ramming the ball down their throats? Or as Chris Long was terrorizing Drew Brees??

  7. 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!

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

  8. 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.

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