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LeGarrette Blount on pace for return after bye week



The Bucs are optimistic their worrisome running back situation is about to improve.

Coach Raheem Morris said he expects starter LeGarrette Blount to return to the lineup after this week's bye, saying he should be ready to go when the Bucs travel to New Orleans in 11 days. Blount has missed two games with a knee injury, a problem that was compounded last Sunday when his replacement -- Earnest Graham -- was lost for the season with a torn Achilles' tendon.

"I’m really confident about Blount," Morris said. "We’ve got two weeks off. He looked good running last week. He looked better today. He’ll have another week or rest and he’ll be able to come back (next) week, get a bunch of treatment and be ready to go. Here we go."

The Bucs also addressed the running back position, according to Morris, by promoting rookie Mossis Madu from the practice squad. Madu caught the eyes of coaches during the preseason but was not kept on the final roster because the Bucs opted to retain sixth-round pick Allen Bradford. Bradford was released two weeks ago.

The Bucs also made a move at fullback, signing former Oklahoma Sooner Matt Clapp to the practice squad. Graham was also the backup fullback to starter Erik Lorig.

Morris said the backfield situation isn't something that's going to cause him to lose sleep.

"It’s not as dire as (ESPN's) SportsCenter tried to make it yesterday," he said. "I know we’ve only got one active guy on the roster -- his name is (Kregg) Lumpkin – who’s healthy. Everybody was in a dire mode, but it’s never like that with the Bucs. We’re always one step ahead, or we try to be. Mark Dominik’s done a great job of stacking our roster with enough people to go out there and win football games and that’s what we’ve been able to do."

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 4:32pm]


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