Schiano: Things weren't 'adding up' about Blount's condition
LeGarrette Blount is a tough runner to take to the ground, powerful and athletic enough to leap defenders. So when he struggled to get back onto his feet following a rushing attempt in Sunday's game against Carolina last Sunday, the Bucs weren't certain what was keeping the third-year running back down.
"Throughout, he was cleared to play,'' coach Greg Schiano said Wednesday. "But things weren’t adding up. So that’s when you do it long enough, and (trainer) Todd (Toriscelli) has been doing this a long time and our doctors, when things don’t add up you keep digging and I’m glad we did because there’s something that clearly has to be investigated and that’s what we’re doing. As soon as we know, we’ll get word to you.''
Blount does not have a concussion and was cleared to return to the game against the Panthers, general manager Mark Dominik said. But on Wednesday, the Bucs sent Blount for an MRI on his neck and back.
For the moment, that leaves rookie Doug Martin, who won the No. 1 tailback job over Blount, as the Bucs' workhorse back. He had 28 touches in his first NFL game against the Panthers.
Schiano said while the role as a backup is not one Blount was happy about, he has accepted it.
“He’s been good. There hasn’t been any problem with LeGarrette,'' Schiano said. "Certainly, he’s a competitor. So as Doug assumed the position of the No. 1 back, LeGarrette’s not jumping up and down and saying, “Oh, good for him.’ But like I said, he’s a team guy and I said that earlier, the plan is to play them off each other. Now we have to wait and see. That plan might be altered. I’m disappointed about that, but let’s see. Let’s not put the cart before the horse.
“The hot hand was before we named the No. 1 running back, back in training camp. And then as we named Doug No. 1, he was No. 1 for a reason, he was going to get more carries, the starting running back does. If LeGarrette gets in there and gets the hot hand, that would occur, if all of a sudden he started ripping it because we timed it correctly. They are two different style backs. If you take one guy, and now you replace him with a bigger guy and he starts ripping it because it’s a different style, then you let it go for awhile.
“But that didn’t happen Sunday, not because it was anybody’s fault, it just didn’t happen. But we returned to Doug and then the game kind of changed and we stayed with Doug.''