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October 23, 2011 @ 10:07 pm
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Report: Another Blow To Bucs As Graham May Be Lost For Season

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Veteran Buccaneers running back Earnest Graham could be lost for the season according to a published report from ProFootballTalk.com

Mike Florio at ProFootballTalk.com is reporting tonight an inside source said Buccaneers running back Earnest Graham has a torn Achilles tendon and will be lost for the season.

Tampa Bay is hoping to have LeGarrette Blount back after the bye-week but there are no guarantees Blount will be ready. A speedy recovery can’t come fast enough for the Buccaneers and Blount who suffered a MCL tear/sprain at San Francisco two weeks ago, as the only other active rostered running back is Kregg Lumpkin.

Rookies Mossis Madu and newly signed Chad Spann are both currently on the Buccaneers practice squad. Allen Bradford, who was released by the Seahawks last week and re-signed to their practice squad, is a possibility to be brought back by the Buccaneers due to his familiarity with the offense as the former USC star earned a roster spot out of training camp before being released to make room for Tanard Jackson.

Graham, one of the most popular figures in the locker room, had a 109-yard effort last week in the Buccaneers 26-20 victory over the Saints and was expected to carry the load until Blount’s return. But Graham’s durability has been in question as the former Gator has ended up on injured reserve each of the last three seasons.

On the season Graham rushed for 206 yards on 37 carries and had 26 receptions for 163 yards.

PewterReport.com will have more information as soon as it becomes available.

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    I am not ready to panic yet, but I am close. The main problem right now is to get some RB's and a Center on the team. Pull up one of the two RB guys from the practice squad. Also get Bradford back in here on the team. Note: Preston Parker did play some QB and RB at Florida State. I would think about letting him do some reverses as he has some speed. What's the story with Lorig? Why is he on the team. We need another Center in here asap. If Zuttah is okay then put him back at LG where he does his best. Let Larsen be the Center and let's get a retired Center that can play the rest of the season as a back up. You can't count on Faine to be healthy even when he comes back. Where the heck are our TE's? Right now the GM is like a slot player in Vegas? Drops a few coins in the slot and immediately produces a winner; then keeps dropping coins in the same slot until he is broke. Gambling does not work in the NFL and I hope he learned his lesson this season. What should he have learned? You can't have one veteran at each position andthe rest either a rookie or a one/two year player at each position.
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    Now that we know what Lumpkin can do, cut him he sucks. Yesturday was a terribke game!!!..... Again!! Late starts are killing this team. TB is a better team then the Bears but lack of depth by a stupid management decision came back to bite them. These decisions and the lack of offensive start will cost someone a job. How embarrassing it was esp in front of the owners. What a waste of money to put this team in London for a week and for what? The same old story. 5-2 into bye should have been. This team will not win until these problems are fixed.
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    Cut Lumpkin? Well he does suck, but not too many options for the Bucs now, they have to keep him just because he knows the offense. While you are at it cut Stroughter, aka MR Injury and bench Williams, start Briscoe and Parker and throw Benn in there occasionally.
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    No need to jump ship!!! We will get healthy over the Bye week and bringing Tiki in isn't a bad idea....... We beat ourselves twice already with bonehead penalty's !!! Josh will make thing's right..... Tanard going out did not help on defense but you got to believe!!! We can do this!!! TAMPA....................................................................
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    Hopefully Spann and Blount will be healed up by the time we play N.O. and we can bring Madu up to replace Lumpkin. I fully expect us to go after a speed back in the draft as well as a WR that can stretch the field. I'm not giving up on Freeman yet but something is in this kid's head that he needs to overcome. His decision making has been really bad this year. If I were Olson I would use a lot more rollouts with Freeman since I think he does his best work outside the pocket and defenses have to respect his ability to run. Right now they just read his eyes and react.
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    gatadreem, Totally agree about the roll outs, he is not ready to be a pocket passer 100% of the time. This would decrease a lot if his inadequacies in reading progressions and staring down recievers. I think he is just better when he has less time to think and plays by instinct.
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    Yep. He is a play maker but doesn't seem to be strongest at following scripts. I just think he's trying too hard to NOT make mistakes and ends up making them because he isn't playing instinctively. It's like a coach telling a running back.."Follow Your Blockers!!!" when the RB misses the hole so the RB start to run up the back of the guard when the hole is just outside where the block is. A young player can become anal about following instructions. When you start to tell a young QB "Don't Force It!" then the QB starts to look for the wide open receiver and anything less than that is not acceptable. Then, in the 4th quarter out of desperation, Josh starts to zip balls into those tight windows and makes plays like the TD to Parker last week against N.O. Those plays show what he's capable of but he needs to throw the ball instead of aiming it. I can live with interceptions like the one that came with Williams at the goal line. That was just a good defensive play. It's the other ones where the ball is just floating that I hate.
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    whatever happened to Kareem Huggins??? Did he ever get his knee healed up? He looked like he was coming along really well until he got hurt, but that was over a year ago. May be worth the call?
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    If they called up Huggins, my biggest fear would be that he would still know the playbook!
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    Sorry Bucco63, Ronnie Brown is not available because the trade deadline has expired, neither is any player that is on a 53 man active roster. Brown would have to be cut and clear waivers becoming a FA. If he were to be cut (not), and we select him off waivers, there are 19 other teams (like Detroit) that would get first shot because of draft order. We are left to select from unemployed FAs (Larry Johnson,Clinton Portis,Tiki Barber), UFAs, or PS members. Not a good place to be!
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    Evan Roysters from the redskins practice squad, if he's still there.
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    ASK RHONDE FOR TIKI'S CELL NUMBER. BRING HIM IN FOR A TRY OUT. WHAT IS THERE TO LOSE?
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    Again, we need to use our annual double-dip draft strategy at the RB position this year. We could get a fast RB and a bruising RB. When your "insurance" back needs his own insurance it's time to move on.
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    It's a shame to lose Graham, he's the pillar in the RB/FB group. Unfortunately, the lack of quality depth is now exposed. The free agent pool doesn't look too promising, I would imagine Dominik and Morris will rely on Lumpkin and the practice squad players and possibly pick up another relatively unknown back to fill the void. Hopefully Blount will be ready to play in two weeks, but the last thing they need is to rush him back too soon.
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    @scubog, I said the same thing after the Detroit game, saying the Bucs lost a close game to one of the best teams in the NFL. The Bears was a tough matchup before losing EG to the injury. Josh Freeman and the receivers were not executing, not sure how that makes Olsen stink. How many forced passes and dropped balls were there? Yeah it's Olsen's fault he should tell Freeman not to force the ball and he should stress fundamentals to the receivers in practice. Give me a break! If you want to blame the front office for not resigning Cadillac (which I thought was a GOOD move) or not signing Darren Sproles as a free agent (which I thought the Bucs should do), I think that is a legit complaint.
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    Just an observation. Given our situation at RB, we need to look at all options. Not suggesting the Bucs go there, but Jordan Todman, Uconn, is available - cut by the Chargers yesterday.
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    I like this idea macabee, i thought the buccs would have drafted him in the 6th instead of bradford if he had fallen to them, i thought bradford was the fallback pick
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    Ronnie Brown???
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    Don't bring back Bradford. He was cut for a reason and sent down to the Seattle practice squad for a reason. Give one of our young guys a shot or give Tiki a workout. (I wouldn't normally suggest that, but we're thin....REAL thin, and he has experience.)
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    The Bucs should not have risked the success or failure of the season with a 30 backup RB and a no-name RB behind Blount. This is Karma at its finest hopefully in the off-season they won't have as big of egos and bring some talented skill players with more explosion and speed to win match-ups.
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    The Bears, who are defending NFC North champions and a respectable 3-3 before Sunday's game are "pathetic"? Wow. The epitome of intelligent analysis, "Everybody stinks."
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    I wonder what happened to JDouble's favorite player in Kareem Huggins?
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    what a embarrassment you lost to a pathetic team again mvp and josh freeman should not go in the same sentence olson stinks and morris is a joke
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    We use to be in good hands with Alstott, but insurance Graham is an expired policy. Back in training camp I said the Bucs should move on from Graham not because he couldn't get the job done, it's just that he can't stay on the job. It's been a nice ride, a good story, it's over. Don't lament for Caddie, he's stinking it up in St Lou. Running back is a young man's game, you don't develope them, they either have it or don't. Time to see if Spann,or Madu have it.
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