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October 18, 2010 @ 5:35 am
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Huggins Out For Season

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Buccaneers RB Kareem Huggins is out for the season after tearing an ACL in his right knee. Huggins will be replaced by either LeGarrette Blount or Kregg Lumpkin.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Kareem Huggins is out for the season after tearing an ACL in his right knee against the New Orleans Saints. Bucs head coach Raheem Morris revealed Huggins injury on Monday.

“Unfortunately now we’ve lost Huggy for the year,” said Morris. “The knee issue. He’ll be down, now we have to go back to the lab.”

Huggins was injured after making a seven-yard catch on third down and was hit low by Saints linebacker Marvin Mitchell. The reception gave Tampa Bay a first down. In the game Huggins had three carries for seven yards. Huggins was the Bucs leading running back in the preseason, and unseated veteran Derrick Ward as the backup to starter Carnell ‘Cadillac’ Williams.

The injury came at a bad time as Tampa Bay had planned on featuring Huggins and getting him more involved in the offense against the Saints. When asked if the problems with the running game can’t be answered until the team tries a new running back, Morris said they were in the process of doing that when Huggins went down.

“You got to certainly go out there and look into it. You got to get some guys some carries. We had the ability going out there yesterday to have Huggy going out there yesterday and was a feature back for five plays until disaster struck,” said Morris. “So you still don’t have that answer. We got to out there and get it from somebody else unfortunately.”

For the season Huggins totaled four carries for 11 yards (2.8 average) with the one reception for seven yards. In the preseason Huggins averaged 5.4 yards per carry with a total of 134 yards on 25 carries. He also caught three passes for 28 yards. Replacing Huggins as the primary backup will be either LeGarrette Blount or Kregg Lumpkin. The later has yet to log a carry for Tampa Bay, while Blount has ran for 30 yards on 10 carries with a touchdown.

“We are going to take a real hard look at both Lumpkin and Blount, those are the only two other guys that we have at this point,” said offensive coordinator Greg Olson. “We’ll look at Lumpkin and Blount this week, and they both got to us late. They are both still learning the position, and all that goes along with it, the protection as well as the run game, but we’ll look get a hard look at both of those guys this week. There’s a chance we’ll dual role Lumpkin as a fullback slash tailback depending on Earnest’ status throughout the week.”

Tampa Bay acquired both Blount and Lumpkin after final preseason cuts. Green Bay released Lumpkin and Tennessee released Blount. Morris was asked on Monday why Blount was inactive against New Orleans.

“The third back is usually a luxury,” Morris said. “After Kareem got hurt you can certainly second guess yourself and say, ‘ I wish I had that luxury right now.’ We went into it thinking that Mike Williams was gimpy all week from practice so we put up the extra wide out and went with the two backs, then bang, Earnest Graham gets a mild hammy [injury]. Kareem Huggins goes out for the season, and now you are back to giving Cadillac too many carries, which is what you didn’t want to get into in the first place.”

Olson and Morris said the team could give Graham more carries in order to spell Williams and replace Huggins. The 6-foot, 247-pound Blount ran for 27 yards on six carries with a touchdown in his first game action for Tampa Bay during the Bucs’ Week 3 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The 23-year old Blount had four carries for three yards in the next game at Cincinnati.

The Buccaneers have the 27th ranked rushing offense in the NFL after producing only 42 yards against New Orleans. Williams has 190 yards on 76 carries for an average of 2.5 yards per carry with zero touchdowns in 2010.

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    Who are they gunna bring up for his spot?
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    What a shame. Probably never see this guy again. Had high hopes. Best of luck Huggins. Sorry you never got a real shot.
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    It's time to give the ball to Blount. This team needs to be more physical. Blount has the fresh legs and the physical running style.
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    Were the Saints trying to go for player's knees?
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    Looked that way to me. The aints are full of cheap-shot artists. We need to return the favor in January.
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    I keep hearing that they are concerned with the blitz protection from the RB. Freeman is calling out the protections, all he has to do is tell him where to block. I know it's not quite that easy, but that is the basic version of it. Blount was release for a reason from the Titans. I want to see him, but don't expect much.
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    Run it twice with Blount, then put Yugo in on third down for pass protect and dump off...is that very complicated?...and why does Morris always make it seem like his running backs are dumber than a post? If he wasn't black, I'd think he was a racist. Sure they'll have to run some pass plays with Blount in there to keep the defense honest, so there isn't 8 in the box on every play when he is in there, but geez...Morris it's about time that you get some b*lls don't you think? I think you might even be able to train Blount to chip at the outside blitzer and then pass the ball to him in the flat...hey that might be a good play. Why can other teams design plays that take advantage of the weaknesses in coverage on blitzes and the Bucs..........got nothin'?
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    Oh, and like it takes a freakin miracle to get newer players installed in the offense. Especially at the RB position. Last I checked, Moss and Branch each had a TD a FEW DAYS after joining their respective teams. This is not Rocket Science and there is no lab. Get Blount the damn ball. Rookie Rb's are routinely productive, see Williams, Carnell, formerly "Cadillac"
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    That's Yugo Williams!
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    Whatever you decide on coach won't be any worse than what we have already seen. Graham and Caddy are to slow now; face it coach. Why not play the rookies and go get some more rookies to play. Our OL is a big problem when it comes to running the ball; a big problem!
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    Not like this team was going to give him a decent chance to perform anyway. Maybe if Cadillac dipped to 1.6 ypc.
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    Dont think theres any doubt now the bucs will be looking for a RB come April.
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    Why are Morris and Olson forgetting about Graham? If Blount and Lumpkin are unproven wildcards and don't know the protections (probably true) and its way too early in the season to start playing for next year (very true) then we are still sitting on a pretty good back in Graham. I thought that was the point of finding him a spot out of position as a FB. To keep him around as insurance in case Caddy didn't pan out. Let Pressley play FB and let's see if Graham can get it done. He seems to have more power and speed than Caddy right now.
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    That's a shame. Really unfortunate. Time to step up blount
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    Go back to the lab? That's another classic heem statement. Before I read any of the article, I saw that and didn't bother reading anything else. Thanks for ruining the article man.
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    Kregg Lumpkin? WHo the heck is that? hahahaha, this team is a joke
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