Mystery injury results in MRI for LeGarrette Blount


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.

Now, G.M. Mark Dominik concedes that Blount, who got up, stumbled a bit as if he were woozy, fell down, and then tapped on his knee, had an MRI.  On his neck and his back.

“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.

14 responses to “Mystery injury results in MRI for LeGarrette Blount

  1. He was holding his knee on the ground as I recall. Sometimes spinal injuries cause pain or numbness in the extremities. I think this is what they might be concerned about, but just want to make sure before making any assumptions/statements.

  2. I watched it and it looked as strange as the report. Although he wobbled, he pointed to his hamstring. It looked quite cartoonish actually. But they were rubbing his hamstring as if he had a cramp in it.

  3. Not good for fans of LeGarrette Blount, but if you are a Bucs fan, you don’t have to worry too much, because Doug Martin is in the stable. He is your best RB by a bit anyway…

  4. I don’t think it was a concussion. I was at the game and watched him all during that sequence. The way he reacted after the hit, I think it was probably more like a seizure of some sort or a pinched nerve…it’s like he temporarily lost control over one side of his body. I hope he is OK! I was really impressed with Doug Martin’s play, but no doubt that Blount is a load to bring down and would make a great closer late in games! Go Bucs!!!

  5. My guess is he was grasping at his knee to cover up something else that’s gone wrong. Bad knees don’t make you that goofy.

  6. A thread on indicates Blount left Tampa with someone from the Bucs at 10:30 this AM on his way to Charlotte ( which is a major transfer point for the airlines).

    Unless he had the MRI before he left Tampa, there is no way he could have had one in Charlotte by 12 noon.

    The plot thickens.

  7. I’ve watched this play a bunch… Its obvious Blount suffered a mild concussion on the play. He looked like a boxer getting up too early from a knock out… Then he went down and had enough wits left to point at his knee… Knowing a concussion would force him out for next week he faked it… He has lost the starting RB spot to Martin and he did’nt want to loose more carries to Martin or another back….

  8. It makes one wonder if he acted as if is knee was injured so that they didn’t have to go the concussion testing. My thoughts are totally hypothetical, but there has been more than one player that said that they would lie to get back on the field. Throws a whole new wrench into the incentive laden contract.

  9. I was at the game and had a pretty good angle. He was on the ground shaking his leg, almost as if there was either a cramp or trying to pop something back into place. He limped off afterward, but it was kind of an odd looking limp, kind of like the type you’d see if someone’s foot fell asleep and they couldn’t put much pressure on it because of that rather than injury.

    It does seem now like it may have been a numbness caused by some sort of spinal injury. Here’s hoping it’s nothing serious.

  10. Not sure if anyone would trade for him. He makes some exciting runs, but his lack of pass blocking/catching skills plus his tendency to dance in the hole, makes me think nobody would offer much for him.

  11. Definitely looks like something that would happen to someone who gets up too fast then has a brief moment of losing mobility.

    Not a concussion, not a seizure, but I bet it has something to do with his blood circulation.

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