Earnest Graham Tears Achilles' Tendon, Done For The Year

The Bucs, already down a running back with LeGarrette Blount sidelined, lost backup Earnest Graham to a torn Achilles' tendon in Week 7.

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Earnest Graham Injury: Achilles' Tendon Surgery Will End Season For Bucs RB

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have lost Earnest Graham for the rest of the season after the veteran running back tore his Achilles' tendon during Sunday's loss to the Chicago Bears, according to multiple reports. He's expected to undergo surgery soon.

Pro Football Talk was the first to report the extent of Graham's injury on Sunday, confirming Monday with a league source that surgery is required. Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network has also confirmed the news. 

Graham started the last two games for Tampa Bay in place of LeGarrette Blount, who's sidelined with a possible MCL tear. In Week 6 against the Saints, Graham tallied 131 yards from scrimmage with 17 carries and two receptions, but on Sunday he recorded just three touches before going down. As you can see in this video, he fell to the ground untouched shortly after catching a pass out of the backfield. 

The Bucs have a bye in Week 8, and it's possible that Blount may be ready to return in Week 9. That's good news, because Kregg Lumpkin, third on the depth chart when everybody is healthy, was extremely ineffective after replacing Graham against the Bears, tallying just 15 yards on eight carries. 

For more on Tampa Bay's shrinking depth chart, visit SB Nation's Bucs blog Bucs Nation.

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Earnest Graham Injury Update: Reported Torn Achilles Tendon Would End Season

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back situation is growing more and more murky by the week, as injuries are piling up. Following LeGarrette Blount's knee injury, Earnest Graham has now gone down with what is being reported as a torn Achilles Tendon. Graham dropped virtually untouched, which is one sign of this kind of injury.

The Bucs gave Kregg Lumpkin the carries the rest of the way and he finished with eight rushes for 15 yards. The Bucs have no backups after Lumpkin at this point and will likely bring in some running backs to work out. The good news for Tampa Bay is that LeGarrette Blount was already targeting a week nine return following their bye. Losing Graham hurts no matter the circumstances given his pass catching abilities, but getting Blount back would certainly blunt the impact of that injury to some extent (pun only partially intended).

For now, the Bucs will head back home from London after a disheartening 24-18 loss and take some time to regroup during their bye week. We likely won't get an update on Blount until after the bye.

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VIDEO: Earnest Graham Injury, Bucs RB Out With Ankle Injury

UPDATE: Earnest Graham reportedly tore his Achilles' tendon, according to ProFootballTalk.com.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Earnest Graham went down untouched with an ankle injury. He left the game and wound up going to the Buccaneers locker room for treatment. The Bucs are also without starting running back LeGarrette Blount who was inactive with a knee injury.  Without Blount or Graham, the Bucs will turn to back up running back Kregg Lumpkin who has played sparingly for the Bucs the past two years.

The Bucs offense will suffer now being down to their third running back and will put more of the Bucs offense on quarterback Josh Freeman's shoulders. The Bucs should be able to still run the football somewhat, but Freeman will need to limit his mistakes and hit some big plays in the passing game.

For more on the Bears head over to Windy City Gridiron. For more on the Buccaneers, check out Bucs Nation. Follow the rest of Week 7 at SB Nation NFL.

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