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Buccaneers get banged up in London

About the only good thing that can be said about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after Sunday’s loss to Chicago in London is that their bye week is coming at an ideal time.

The Bucs entered the game banged up with running back LeGarrette Blount (knee), defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (ankle) and center Jeff Faine (biceps) not dressing. Things got even worse once the game started.

Running back Earnest Graham (ankle) and fullback Erik Lorig (shoulder) quickly suffered injuries. The Bucs had to go through much of the game with Kregg Lumpkin as their only healthy back.

Depending on the extent of the injury to Graham and how Blount’s recovery is progressing, the Bucs may have to acquire another running back. That’s probably something Tampa Bay should have done in the offseason. I know the Bucs drafted Allen Bradford, but he was signed off the practice squad by Seattle before making any sort of impact.

Tiki Barber is still out there, but nothing is going to happen on that front. If anything, the Bucs will pluck a young running back off someone’s practice squad or sign a back that currently is not on a roster.

The defense also got banged up in London. Rookie middle linebacker Mason Foster left with an ankle injury and has been bothered by a similar problem much of the season. Safety Tanard Jackson also left the game with a hamstring injury. Jeremy Zuttah, who started for Faine at center, suffered an ankle injury.

The bye week should be a quiet time for most players, but the injured guys will be spending lots of time with the trainers. The busiest people in the building might be the personnel guys because it looks like the Bucs will have to make some roster moves.