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LeGarrette Blount: Injury Has Fantasy Owners Scrambling to Add Ernest Graham

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 3:  Running back LeGarrette Blount #27 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers runs 37 yards for the game-winning touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts October 3, 2011 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  The Bucs won 24 - 17. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Nicholas GossCorrespondent IOctober 10, 2011

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris confirmed on Monday that his running back LeGarrette Blount has a left knee injury, and this should scare fantasy owners.

It's not certain how long Blount will be out, but his injury was bad enough that he could not return to Tampa Bay's game Sunday versus the San Francisco 49ers, which they lost 48-3.

Blount's backup is veteran Earnest Graham, who has been a good fantasy back in past seasons. Graham is not only a good rusher, he's a capable pass catcher too.

Graham had 72 receptions in the 2007 and 2008 seasons combined, and rushed for over 500 yards in both those years.

Graham isn't going to wow you on the stat sheet, but if he starts on Sunday he will get carries, there's no question about it.

The Buccaneers play the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, who allow 107.6 rushing yards per game. So Graham has a pretty good matchup this week. The Saints don't have a ton of good tacklers, and can be run on by most teams.

Graham is a great choice for Week 6, especially if you play in PPR (point-per-reception) leagues, because he can be involved in quarterback Josh Freeman's passing game.

Whether Graham starts next week or not, he will receive at least 10 carries, and will be targeted in the passing game.

The Buccaneers won't want to rush Blount back from a hamstring injury because he is a talented young player who will be a big part of the future of Tampa Bay's running game.

Earnest Graham is a smart pickup as a starter or a fill-in for a star running back who is on a bye week.

Nicholas Goss is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report, follow him on Twitter for the latest sports news and updates.  

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