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Could Buccaneers' three-headed rushing attack return?



The Bucs haven't had all the members of their three-man running back rotation for most of the season, but Cadillac Williams, Derrick Ward and Earnest Graham all seem likely to play this week.

Ward and Graham have been nursing injuries in recent weeks, but both have been full go in practice this week.

And with a Panthers defense that is allowing 155.5 rushing yards per game (30th in the NFL), there could be some opportunity for a breakout game on the ground.

"We haven't had (the full group) in awhile," coach Raheem Morris said. "We've had it maybe two other games, at the most. We'll get them out there, we'll let them play and see what they can do. That's got to be one of our leading units and it's always got to be like that around here for us to have a winning formula. You will know if we have a chance to win right from the beginning of the game a lot of times."

The Panthers allowed 212 rushing yards to the Cowboys two games ago despite Dallas being without Marion Barber and losing Felix Jones during the game. Maybe this is the game where the Bucs get back to being what they intended on offense, or maybe it's a mirage.

The answer comes on Sunday.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:45pm]


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