On Sunday, Buccaneers running back LeGarrette Blount left the game against the Panthers with an apparent injury. After the game, the Bucs said Blount wasn’t injured.
On Monday, coach Greg Schiano suggested an interview with Erik Kuselias of NBC SportsTalk that Blount may have been injured.
“It’s obviously been a hot topic,” Dominik said, via Stephen Holder of the Tampa Bay Times. “He took a hit in the game and went down. I can categorically confirm it has nothing to do with concussions whatsoever. So, there’s nothing there. In order to make sure the information is correct and that we’re getting out the right information, there’s nothing concussion-related with LeGarrette Blount.”
Dominik added that the team is doing its “due diligence” in the name of safety. He said that Blount was cleared to return, but the he “did not play just because of circumstances, not because of injury.”
Still, the non-injury was enough of an injury to justify an MRI on an area that didn’t even seem to be injured.
We’ll know more (but probably not much) when the Wednesday injury report comes out, in advance of Schiano’s return to New Jersey for a game against the Giants. And while we appreciate Dominik’s effort to clear the air, the air still isn’t clear — and there always will be skepticism as long as the NFL has a system that assigns the task of guarding the cookies to the kid with the crumbs on his shirt.