LeGarrette Blount Could Be Sidelined 4 – 6 Weeks with MCL Tear

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back LeGarrette Blount could find himself out for upwards of four to six weeks due to an MCL tear suffered during his team’s 48-3 loss to the 49ers on October 9th.

While previous reports called Blount’s injury a sprain and predicted that he would miss no more than two games, local sports radio broadcaster J.P Peterson described it as a grade two tear, meaning that the Bucs star will need at least a month to recover.

Prior to his injury, LeGarrette Blount had rushed for 328 yards and three TDs on 77 carries for the year.

Tampa, currently in 2nd place in the NFC South with a record of 3-2, is set to host the Saints on Sunday, and without Blount, Earnest Graham will like see the majority of the teams carries.

Starting the 2011 – 2012 year as the Bucs’ fullback and third-down back, Graham, 31, has rushed the ball 18 times for 84 yards this season. He also leads the team with 23 receptions for 143 yards.

When asked about his upcoming role, Graham told local newspaper The Lakeland Ledger:

“I’m definitely looking forward [to Sunday] because my teammates are counting on me. They have a lot of confidence in me.”

via Sporting News