I recently caught the last few minutes of Jon Gruden's press conference on the radio and was disappointed to find out that it appears running back Earnest Graham is out for the season with a serious ankle injury.
Bummer. Graham had emerged from obscurity to be the featured RB in the Bucs attack. He's a good guy, a consummate teammate, and now it looks as if he's done. At least he signed a new contract (four years, $11-million) this year.
Graham, who had been nursing an injured knee, hurt his ankle on his first carry early in the game. As bad as it is for Graham, it's equally problematic for the Bucs. They now have Warrick Dunn (who played extremely well yesterday, but, at 33, can't be expected to carry the feature-back load), rookie Clifton Smith and Cadillac Williams, who came off the Physically Unable to Perform List last week, but was not on the active roster against the Vikings yesterday.
I would've liked to see the Bucs baby Caddy along, but, knowing Gruden, that seems unlikely. Expect his reconstructed knee to get tested pretty quick.
Despite being a triage unit, the Bucs stand at 7-3. My friend Charlie said last night, "How can they have such a good record and be so bad." To which I responded, "They're not really bad. They just don't look good."
Hey, the scoreboard looked good yesterday. 19-13 Bucs.