With the news of running back Earnest Graham being placed on IR, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers now need Carnell "Cadillac" Williams to get ready to play as soon as possible.
Graham's ankle was severely sprained during the Bucs' game against the Minnesota Vikings, but there are now rumors that there could be some ligament damage as well. Either way, the running back's season is over. Heading into the home stretch, this is not the news the team wanted to hear.
Warrick Dunn will now become the primary ball carrier as the Bucs continue to prepare Williams to take the field. It's unlikely Williams will return completely to form over the next couple of games, but hopefully he can be ready for the final quarter of the year and possibly the playoffs. Dunn has shown flashes of great play so far this season, but it's clear the Bucs work well with a two-back system.
Rookie linebacker Geno Hayes was also placed on IR, ending the season of a player who had come on strong in recent weeks. The Bucs have signed RB Noah Herron and LB Matt McCoy.