After running back LeGarrette Blount left Friday night’s Buccaneers game with a strained groin, coach Greg Schiano said that he was confident Blount wouldn’t be sidelined long.
Schiano was right, although his suggestion that Blount would miss some practice time turned out to be incorrect. Blount returned to practice on Monday, confirmation that the injury looked worse than it really was. Blount’s leg bent awkwardly on a low tackle and it looked like he might have done serious damage as he limped off the field.
Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune reports that Blount said he felt fine in his return to the practice field, which should help his effort to salvage some of the playing time that he’s already ceded to rookie Doug Martin. Blount started on Friday, but Martin got more work even while Blount was healthy. There’s definitely enough work for both of them, but Martin’s versatility when it comes to the passing game makes him a better fit for the offense unless they are trying to run down clock by keeping the ball on the ground.
With Blount’s return to practice, it seems safe to assume that he’ll be able to play in the team’s third preseason game. The Bucs host the Patriots on Friday night.