SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 09: Legarrette Blount #27 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tries to run past Patrick Willis #52 of the San Francisco 49ers in the first quarter during an NFL football game at Candlestick Park on October 9, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are getting more and more banged up, which is what happens with football teams every year. As if that blowout loss against the 49ers wasn't bad enough in and of itself, Gerald McCoy suffered a high ankle sprain which will keep him out at least for the game against the New Orleans Saints. Obviously he was missing from practice today.
Legarrette Blount also missed practice, as did TE Luke Stocker. It seems unlikely that either player will play against the Saints, which really hurts the offense. Without Legarrette Blount, Earnest Graham will have to step up as the lead back. Graham doesn't really have much left in the tank, which means he'll be reliant on excellent blocking to produce. And without Luke Stocker that becomes a lot more difficult. The Bucs were forced to use T Demar Dotson as an extra blocker on several occasions against the 49ers, which they hadn't done much in previous games.
And in a new development, Mason Foster missed today's practice with an ankle injury per Anwar Richardson. The significance of that injury isn't known, it could just be a minor injury, or it could be more serious.
There is some good news, though. Tanard Jackson showed up at practice and performed well. It sounds like the Bucs think he can play on Sunday. 'Playing' could mean nothing more than being on the field for a few snaps and special teams plays, though. Who knows how well Tanard Jackson can play after being out of football for 56 weeks?