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Dunn couldn't offer much



You might be wondering this morning why RB Warrick Dunn only touched the ball three times in Dallas on Sunday. He finished with one carry for 1 yard and two receptions for 8 yards.

While Dunn is hardly a complainer and was careful not to pin his ineffectiveness on injury, the fact is he just wasn't physically able to do much in the game.

Dunn suffered a pinched nerve in his upper back area against the Seahawks one week ago, and the truth is it still hasn't healed. Curious what in the world a pinched nerve feels like, I asked Dunn in the locker room to explain the effects.

He proceeded to tell me the problem sends sharp, shooting pains throughout his back and lower body, pains that make it tough for even the toughest guy to battle through. Like any veteran in the NFL will tell you, Dunn made it clear he's battled worse injuries and even played through some of them, but this one certainly was not going to allow him to have one of his better days.

If Dunn's condition doesn't improve soon, the Bucs will continue to have problems sustaining the running game as they're unable to use Earnest Graham at fullback without Dunn in the game. Yes, Jameel Cook is back in town, but it's been a couple years and he's still learning much of what's been added to the playbook in his absence. As you probably know, starting FB B.J. Askew is still out with a hamstring tear. All this, combined with the decision to leave Michael Bennett inactive on Sunday, left the Bucs in an unenviable position.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:15pm]


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