After missing the last two games with a knee injury, Buccaneers running back LeGarrette Blount is ready to return this weekend for the “Superdome Showdown” with the Saints.
“I feel good. Everything is back in store, everything is where it needs to be,” Blount told Rick Stroud of the St. Petersburg Times. “My recovery was a little bit faster than what we thought, so everything is going real well. It’s looking good for this week.
“I’ve been running for the last couple weeks. The fatigue is not going to play a factor in how I perform.”
With Earnest Graham lost for the season with a torn right Achilles’, Blount also will remain on the field on most third down situations.
“Oh yeah, I know I’m going to play third downs in this game,” Blount said. “I’m probably not going to play all of them, but I know I’m going to play quite a few of them. I’ve shown that I know the protections and I know the routes and everything and I can catch the ball, so that’s going to help us out tremendously. It’s going to let me stay in the game a little bit longer and play a lot more snaps, so I’m excited.”
After seeing what Steven Jackson (25-159-2) did to the Saints run defense last week, it’s only wise to assume Blount is licking his chops in preparation for the Big Easy on Sunday.