LeGarrette Blount Exits Titans Game With Knee Injury
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers competition for the starting running back job could unfortunately be decided by something other than performance. LeGarrette Blount, who is battling rookie Doug Martin for the job in Tampa Bay’s backfield, exited Friday night’s game against the Tennessee Titans with a left knee injury, and is not expected to return.
Blount sustained a blow to the knee and was in agony following the hit. He was then carted off the field and did not return. While the extent of the injury is not known at the time of this article, Blount could have potentially suffered a sprain, which could keep him out for several weeks, or even a tear, which could possibly end his season.
My guess is this is a significant injury that will keep him out for several weeks, if not the entire year. Take a look at the video of the play where he got hurt.
Update: Blount is now reportedly on the sidelines wearing ice on his knee, and it’s possible the injury is not as serious as originally thought. We’ll follow up when more information is known.
It’s a bad way to get it, but if Blount is down for the count, rookie back Doug Martin would suddenly be a must-own fantasy running back. The Buccaneers fully intend on running the ball a lot this year, and Martin already had borderline RB2 value, even with him likely sharing the rock with Blount. If Blount is out of the picture, Martin could suddenly have a shot at RB1 value.