TAMPA — RB LeGarrette Blount might be hurt. Or he might not be.
Coach Greg Schiano had a mystifying response to why Blount saw no action after briefly going down midway through the second quarter during Sunday's victory over the Panthers. Blount had three carries and one reception and, Schiano said, could have returned.
"LeGarrette could have gone back in the game," Schiano said. "So, let me make that clear. I don't know if we're all certain on what's ailing LeGarrette. He came out of the game and we thought it was his leg. We're not sure. … I think he's okay."
Blount wasn't available to reporters after the game or on Monday. There was no injury update given by the team during the game as is usually the case.
"I'll let you know Wednesday," Schiano said. "(Today) we're off but he'll be around, and we'll get a good feeling about whether there's anything to it."
SETTLING IN: When coaches switched Erik Lorig from defensive end to tight end just days into his rookie offseason in 2009, it was seen as a reach.
Three years later, Lorig looks at home on offense. As the only fullback Sunday, Lorig caught four passes, one that gained 15 yards, and his overall contributions included clearing running lanes for RB Doug Martin.
"I got to play both (offense and defense) in college, so I always thought I had both elements," he said. "But finally, there's a time when I'm focusing on just one position."
Lorig played tight end for a while at Stanford and all through high school. He has shown enough in practice that offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan called his number on third and goal Sunday, though the defense stopped Lorig immediately after his reception from QB Josh Freeman. The plan all along was to involve Lorig.
"There were some plays talked about during the week that led up to some plays that were called," he said.
LISTEN UP: Rookie LB Lavonte David was unexpectedly asked to wear the defensive helmet transmitter on Sunday, rather than MLB Mason Foster.
David, who was told of the plan Saturday night, said coordinator Bill Sheridan designated him because he was the only linebacker assigned to remain on the field for all defensive packages, including the dime (six defensive backs).
THE NEW GUY: You might have heard Brandon McDonald's name during Sunday's game and wondered, "Who?"
Signed Aug. 20, he was the first cornerback off the bench. McDonald's familiarity with the scheme helped him be ready to step in with E.J. Biggers and Anthony Gaitor injured.
"I'm a veteran, so everything was pretty much the same for me scheme-wise," said McDonald, who played a similar style in Detroit last season. "The terminology was a little bit different, so I had to get adjusted to that. I'm still not completely adjusted, but I'm coming along well."
The Bucs opted not to play veteran CB Myron Lewis, who was a healthy scratch.