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Blount is back: Bucs running back dodges injury, returns to practice



The Bucs’ running back battle won’t be interrupted after all.

LeGarrette Blount, who suffered what initially looked like a serious groin injury Friday against the Titans, returned to practice today at One Buc Place, showing no limitations in a fully-padded, contact practice.

“I feel good,” Blount said. “I just came out to practice today to see how it would feel, and it didn’t feel bad.”

Blount ran the ball in full-team, contact periods with no obvious issues. It was not what you might have predicted after seeing Blount sprawled on the turf at Raymond James Stadium during the second quarter of the loss to Tennessee.

Blount took a shot near the end of a 4-yard run just before halftime and remained on the ground for quite some time. Trainers, at first, appeared to be examining the area around his lower left thigh and knee.

“I’ve gotten a lot of feedback about it,” Blount said. “I heard a lot of people say that they thought it was a really bad injury. But ultimately it wasn’t, so I was blessed to come out of that with just a bruise.”

Blount is in the thick of a race with rookie Doug Martin to be the team’s starting running back. Today’s development should ensure that the race can continue.

[Last modified: Monday, August 20, 2012 11:54am]


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