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August 17, 2012 @ 8:16 pm
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Blount Injures Knee Against Tennessee

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Scott Reynolds


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The Bucs trailed the Titans 20-7 at halftime on Friday night, but might have suffered a bigger loss than any preseason game as RB LeGarrette Blount suffered a potentially serious injury to his left knee. Blount is the current starter and is battling rookie Doug Martin for the starting halfback job.
TAMPA – The Buccaneers might have lost starting running back LeGarrette Blount for the 2012 season opener – and perhaps beyond – as he suffered a potentially serious injury to his left knee when he was tackled by a host of Titans, including linebacker Zach Brown and safety Al Afalava, on a 4-yard run prior to the two-minute warning before halftime.

Blount stayed down on the turf for several minutes writhing in pain as trainers attended to him, and a gasp from the crowd was heard as the the replay was shown on the Jumbotron. The 6-foot, 247-pound running back was able to walk off the field under his own power, but was limping noticeably and did not return.

Blount and Tampa Bay’s offense struggled in the first half against Tennessee as he rushed for 11 yards on eight carries. The Bucs trailed the Titans 20-7 at halftime.

The Oregon product is battling rookie Doug Martin for the starting running back job, and the team’s first-round draft pick in 2012 had the better night, rushing for 23 yards on seven carries, in addition to a 9-yard run being called back due to a holding penalty. Last week against Miami in the 2012 preseason opener, Blount rushed for 30 yards and a touchdown on seven carries.

Blount has been Tampa Bay’s leading rusher over the past two seasons, running for 1,788 yards and 11 touchdowns on 385 carries (4.6 avg.), including 781 yards and five scores on 184 carries (4.2 avg.) last year.

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    I like the attitude Blount brings. The trainers were looking at his knee but he was able to limp off the field and remained in uniform on the sidelines until the end of the game which was a good sign. That back-up (no pun intended) was getting people killed.
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    Coach on the radio said it was not his knee, but his groin. There was actually some bright spots; not many, but some. I was hoping that the Coach kept the starting unit in the whole half as they were flat as heck on both sides. I also think that the Titians are a decent team, not like Miami. I bet Demps signs here because we definitely need more speed and by now his agent realizes it.
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    Well if that big man goes down I think Tampa will be looking foer a big powerful rb to replace to go with Martin-Tought Loss. STILL GO BUCS
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    If our offense doesn't do more it's going to be a loooonnnggg season anyway. Our money is in our offense. Freeman looked a lot like last year tonight.
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    Don't understand why he was in so late in the 2nd. quarter. Doesn't look good at all!! I hope he is OK! This game was a huge wake up call for the O & D Lines!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Looked horrible!
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    I'd be shocked if it isn't a torn ACL/MCL....man what a pisser
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