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Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a Bind If Earnest Graham is Done for Season

Earnest Graham may have played his final game as a Buc. (Getty images).
Earnest Graham may have played his final game as a Buc. (Getty images).Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images
Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IOctober 24, 2011

It was like an Army field hospital for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers out there on the pitch at Wembley Stadium this past Sunday.

Earnest Graham: Out early, possible Achilles tendon tear, possibly done for the season.

Erik Lorig: Out, no fullbacks on this team.

Jeremy Zuttah: Out.

Jeff Faine: Already out.

LeGarrette Blount: Already out.

Tanard Jackson: Out, hammy.

Mason Foster: Out, ankle.

Just to name a few.

This bye weekend couldn't come sooner, but the sad news is the possibility that Graham is gone for the season, and if he is, it could be the end of Mr. Insurance. Graham's suffered injuries the past four years, so this could be it for No. 34.

Looks like the decision to not re-sign Cadillac Williams has come back to bite Mark Dominik and Raheem Morris right on their collective backside, so to speak.

Right now, the Bucs have Mossis Madu on the practice squad and it's probably not rocket science to figure out that he'll be activated. One guy who looked good in the preseason at times was former Notre Dame running back Armando Allen.

These are two guys who at least went through training camp and know the plays.

Just about now is when the Tiki Barber talk will start to hum, if only a little.

"Bah, Humbug!" to anyone who thinks bringing in Ronde's evil twin will help the team.

Face it, if a youngster like Tanard Jackson jacked up his hammy in Week 2 after missing only one year, what are the chances that an old guy like Barber, who's been in the garage much longer, could compete?

So forget about Tiki. 

Others who are already hurt were inactive against the Bears, namely center Jeff Faine, Blount, tackle James Lee, corner Myron Lewis, receiver Sammie Stroughter and tackle Gerald McCoy.

A week off may help get some of those guys back.

The big loss will be Graham, if he is in fact out for the final nine games.

Back in St. Louis, with Steven Jackson back, Cadillac had two carries for a yard and one reception for 13.

Still, wouldn't you have rather had Caddy than Kregg Lumpkin, the Great Pumpkin?

That's a no-brainer if there ever was one.

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