MRI Says AOK
September 13, 2012 at 10:28am by Scott • 4 Comments »
[note: I do not think LeGarrette Blount has a small brain. I just find the picture funny. Go be hypersensitive somewhere else.]
LeGarrette Blount‘s leg/head/neck/whatever issue has apparently resolved itself since he got an MRI yesterday and everything looked normal. Or whatever “normal” is for a guy who has been in collisions all his life.
While speculation suggesting Blount might have been sulking over his new role as the backup to rookie starter Doug Martin grew, the specialist determined Blount actually suffered from a pinched nerve.
“That’s part of the reason why you saw him (shaking his arms as he came off the field), because he lost some strength,” Bucs general manager Mark Dominik said. “He felt a stinger and it made us nervous. But it turns out he’s fine.”
Some commenters here were also saying they thought Blount might be dogging it since he became the backup, but that didn’t make sense to me. That would have been a weird time to pull something like that. He’d have been better off faking an injury during warm-ups or something. If you put a performance like that on tape during a regular season game and then get cut, that’s going to follow you. When you get hit at different angles, the potential is always there to hit a nerve or something that makes you lose control and shake like an epileptic for a couple seconds. I guess it was like hitting a funny bone. In his neck. Anyway, he’s not mad.
“I had my best season as a backup,” Blount said, referring to his 2010 rookie season when he started just seven games but ran 201 times for 1,007 yards. “I’d much rather play throughout the game, but who wouldn’t? I’m fine with my role.”
Unfortunately, I don’t think his production will match 2010. He wasn’t always a backup that year; he started almost half the season. Blount seems like the kind of back that needs a lot of touches in order to break one loose like he does. If he doesn’t get those, he may not be able to get into a groove. D.J. Ware looked like he could get out of the gate and be productive right away and that may limit Blount’s carries even further. And as long as he keeps up this pace, I’d ride Doug Martin all day long. Wait, that came out wrong.