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Kareem Huggins (groin) could miss Carolina game

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September

Backup running back Kareem Huggins, who coaches had vowed to get more involved on Sunday against Carolina, missed practice today after a "setback" with a groin injury and could miss the game.

Coach Raheem Morris did not sound optimistic when talking about Huggins, the backup to starter Cadillac Williams, and turned his attention to the club's two young, recently-acquired backs: Kregg Lumpkin and LeGarrette Blount.

"We’re fortunate we have those two young backs to come in and compete, potentially, and be able to fill that role for us this week," Morris said. "They’re competing well and doing a great job."

Asked which player would be more likely to spell Williams, if needed, Morris first was elusive before admitting that Lumpkin has some advantages over Blount.

"Lumpkin came from a similar background. Some of that stuff in Green Bay, we use, some of the terminology," Morris said. "That would give him a little bit of an edge as far as terminology and knowing a little bit more of the offense than maybe Blount knows right now."

Is Morris ruling out Huggins just yet? He didn't say, but he didn't sound hopeful, either.

"I’d have to really go talk to the trainer to get an evaluation," he said. "He went out to practice yesterday and today he did not. I don’t know where he’s going to be tomorrow."

[Last modified: Thursday, September 16, 2010 4:31pm]

    

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