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Cody Grimm suffers possible serious right knee injury



Starting free safety Cody Grimm came flying in to help bust up another Michael Turner rushing attempt in the third quarter, something he’d been doing all day against the Atlanta running back. But the Bucs second-year player, while having a hand in the stuffing Turner after a 1-yard gain, sustained a potentially serious right knee injury on the play.

Grimm had the knee immobilized after the game and was experiencing swelling if not severe pain. An MRI is planned for Monday to determine the extent of the injury, such as possible torn ligaments.

“I just took a shot to the knee,” Grimm said. “I was kind of on Turner’s back. I don’t know exactly who hit me, but I felt it hit pretty hard.”
Grimm, who finished last season on injured reserve after suffering a broken leg, spent much of his offseason recovering, getting well just in time for the start of training camp.

But he’s prepared for the worst after today's setback.

“It stinks,” he said. “Wrong place at the wrong time. We’ll see. Hopefully it’s nothing too big and I’ll be able to come back by the end of the year. If not, start rehabbing.”

Also injured on the play was LB Geno Hayes, whose head struck another player, possibly, it appeared, Grimm. Neither player was certain afterward.

Hayes left the game with a possible concussion and did not return. He said afterward that he would be fine.

[Last modified: Sunday, September 25, 2011 8:52pm]


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