LeGarrette Blount had a solid training camp and was off to a good start in the preseason until he was chopped to the turf following a 4-yard run in the second half Friday night against the Tennessee Titans.
Blount grabbed his left leg in obvious pain, and having witnessed similar scenes twice with Cadillac Williams, who tore the patellar tendon in both knees, Bucs fans probably feared the worst.
But Blounts injury was limited to his groin and isnt considered too serious. He walked off the field under his own power. He figures to miss some practice this week and perhaps the third preseason game, this Friday against the New England Patriots.
I dont know how long, but I dont think its going to be serious, coach Greg Schiano said. Will it be this week? I dont know. But I dont think it will be an extended period of time.
Schiano wants a ground-and-pound offensive attack and certainly Blount is the hammer of the tandem that includes Boise State rookie Doug Martin.
At 5-feet-9, 215 pounds, Martin has the kind of wiggle and burst not seen from a smaller Bucs back since Warrick Dunn. But hes thick and powerful enough to move piles.
If Blount cant make it back by the regular season opener, Sept. 9 against Carolina, at least the Bucs have Martin, who seems capable of carrying the rushing load. But theres no question the Bucs are better with Blount and Martin together.
I thought Doug ran the ball nicely, which was an upside, Schiano said. He had a 9-yard pop and a 16-yard run that didnt count because a penalty brought it back. I thought those were nice runs. Those werent just, there was a hole and I ran through it. He made something happen on both of them. Hes done that a few times now, which is good.