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September 13, 2012 at 10:28am by Scott   •  4 Comments »

If he could access it, that skull space would be a great place for Homer to store his weed when he goes on an airplane.
[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.

4 Comments to “MRI Says AOK”

worker b

worker b (September 13, 2012 at 11:46am:

Before the strange injury it looked to me that Schiano planned on using Blount for a few series each half. He can be invaluable in that role and hopefully break a couple long runs in the fourth quarter this season. All the speculation that he’s unhappy with it seems to be pure guesswork based on his beat down of that Boise State punk a few years ago.


cubsandbucsfan (September 13, 2012 at 12:38pm:

I stand corrected and apologize for fueling the speculation. I love Blount, and I love the idea of having 2 capable backs. I wanted them to draft Peterson when we had Cadillac, but I think we took Gaines Adams instead. The point being, I am glad he is okay and ready to contribute. Mea Culpa.

Mark S

Mark S (September 13, 2012 at 01:35pm:

The picture is hilarious.


BaldBuc4055 (September 13, 2012 at 05:25pm:

I also stand corrected. I admit to thinking in a previous post he might have been dogging it, which was just my opinion. A pinched nerve is nothing to fool around with, so hopefully he gets back out there and can still produce, even in a part-time capacity.

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