TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 03: Running back LeGarrette Blount #27 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers runs for a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts at Raymond James Stadium on October 3, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

Monday Night Football: LeGarrette Blount Carries Bucs Past Colts, 24-17

Curtis Painter and Pierre Garcon hooked up for two long scores, but LeGarrette Blount's TD gave the Bucs the lead for good.

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Eric Foster Injury: Colts DT To Have Season-Ending Surgery

Colts defensive tackle Eric Foster, hospitalized overnight after dislocating his right ankle during Monday Night Football against the Bucs, will undergo surgery, coach Jim Caldwell confirmed after the game. The operation is expected to end his season. 

The video of Foster injuring his ankle is quite gruesome, and it wasn't a surprise to see so several of his teammates appear to fight back tears while he was being tended to on the field. But as Foster was being carted off the field, he thumped his chest and yelled words of encouragement to his teammates, which you can see in the video below

Ultimately, the Colts needed healthy bodies more than words of encouragement --  starting offensive linemen Anthony Castonzo and Ben Ijalana also left with injury -- and the Colts lost the game. But still, it was an inspirational moment to an otherwise sad turn of events.

Several hours after the game, Foster once again sent a positive message, this time to his thousands of followers on Twitter, many of whom had sent tweets of support:

Thank u all 4 such kind words. I thank u Lord in Advance. Women around the world gettn treated 4 cancer. May God have mercy on all o us.
Oct 04 via Twitter for iPhoneFavoriteRetweetReply

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NFL Scores Week 4, Colts Vs. Bucs: LeGarrette Blount, Tampa Top Indy 24-17

For a while there, the Colts looked like a half-decent team — even with Curtis Painter spelling Peyton Manning in his first NFL start. In the end, the Buccaneers stuck around long enough to pull out a win on the legs of LeGarrette Blount. The Bucs running back's found the pylon for the final score of the game and Tampa Bay earned a 24-17 win on Monday Night Football.

With the win, the Bucs move to 3-1, while the Colts remain winless. Below, we recap some highlights from the game.

Offensive Player of the Game: This award goes to Blount, who barreled his way to 127 yards and the game-winning touchdown. This animated gif says it all:

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Offensive Player of the Game II: Colts wide receiver Pierre Garcon had just two catches, but they were both long distance touchdown strikes. His first grab went 87 yards, the longest regular season touchdown pass in franchise history.

Lasting Image of the Game: The gruesome Eric Foster injury will be hard to forget.

Lasting Image of the Game II: Peyton Manning disgusted in the coach's box.


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Eric Foster Injury: Colts DT Suffers Dislocated Ankle

Colts defensive tackle Eric Foster was carted off the field during Monday's game against the Buccaneers after suffering a gruesome injury to his right leg. According to Phillip Wilson of the Indianapolis Star, we have an official diagnosis: 

#Colts DT Eric Foster has dislocated right ankle ... that's report from sideline. Obviously was a very serious dislocation.
Oct 04 via TweetDeckFavoriteRetweetReply

 

The Colts probably won't offer an official estimate for how much time Foster will miss, but looking at the video, it wouldn't be a surprise at all if this was a season-ending injury. His right ankle was literally pointing 90 degrees in the wrong direction after teammate Tyler Brayton accidentally rolled into his legs.

The Colts have shown signs of life in Monday's game, but this is clearly something of a lost year. Even if Foster can stage a miraculous return by the end of the season, the odds of the Colts still being in playoff contention are slim to none. 

Foster is in his fourth season with the Colts, signing with the team as an undrafted free agent out of Rutgers in 2008. He's appeared in 48 games, including 18 starts. 

For more on the Colts, head to the SB Nation blog Stampede Blue.

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