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Graham will carry rushing load again vs. Bears; McCoy may play



The Bucs will lean on 31-year-old running back Earnest Graham to carry the rock again Sunday against the Chicago Bears.
Starting tailback LeGarrette Blount, who missed Sunday's game against New Orleans with a sprained knee, has not practiced since the team arrived in England.

Coach Raheem Morris indicated Thursday the Bucs will lean on Graham, who responded last week with 109 yards on 17 carries against the Saints.

"He's put himself in position to be the lead dog again as far as the tailback position,'' Morris said. "Him and (Kregg) Lumpkin are probably going to split the load. LeGarrette Blount was not at practice today so we don't know where he'll be for the game. We have to go out and keep working.''

Meanwhile, the Bucs are hopeful they could get defensive tackle Gerald McCoy on the field at Wembley Stadium Sunday. McCoy, who misseed last week's game with a knee sprain, participated in the first part of a padded practice Thursday morning.

"He was excited today to get out there,'' Morris said. "He looked okay. He had limited today, so we'll see where he is as we get closer to that football game, but I'm really excited he's back that fast. That just tells you about how much he cares about his teammates and care about playing each and every game. To be even thinking about playing this week is awesome, the speedy recovery he's had.''

Bucs defensive end Michael Bennett (groin) and linebacker Mason Foster (ankle) returned to practice Thursday and are expected to play. 


[Last modified: Thursday, October 20, 2011 11:03am]


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