TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 25: Running back LeGarrette Blount #27 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers runs with the ball as teammate Davin Joseph #75 blocks against the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Our own Buc Wild was hearing buzz that Davin Joseph's injur was probably going to be season-ending, and now the Tampa Bay Times is reporting that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are preparing to move Joseph to injured reserve. Joseph suffered the knee injury in the second quarter of the preseason game against the New England Patriots after a defender rolled into his knee. The defender was pushed by Donald Penn, who had been beaten by that player.
Joseph was carted off, and Bucs players were shown praying for him while Donald Penn was consulting with Joseph on the cart. The knee injury looked very serious, and it appears to be season-ending.
Losing Joseph will seriously hurt the Bucs' offense, which wants to desperately use the running game to get the team going. The Pro Bowler is one of the team's two best blockers, along with Carl Nicks, and would be a centerpiece in the new offense. Unfortunately he will now be replaced by the slightly undersized and very inconsistent Ted Larsen, unless Derek Hardman or another backup can beat out the third-year guard.