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Ernest Graham likely out for the year (1 Viewer)

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From Rotoworld:

Earnest Graham-RB-Buccaneers Nov. 17 - 11:08 am et

Earnest Graham is expected to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, according to Bucs coach Jon Gruden.

A devastating blow for Tampa, who doesn't have another power runner. Cadillac Williams isn't ready to help, so Warrick Dunn will step up, with rookie Clifton Smith involved. Graham's workload came down from his breakout '07 campaign, as expected, but his versatility kept the chains moving. He was on pace for roughly 1,300 total yards before the injury and a top-25 fantasy back finish. He should be back next year as a big part of a Bucs backfield committee.

Source: Tampa Tribune

 
Wow...the Buc RB position has turned into the Seattle WR position.

What FA are out there? Practice squad possibilities?

 
From Rotoworld:

Earnest Graham-RB-Buccaneers Nov. 17 - 11:08 am et

Earnest Graham is expected to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, according to Bucs coach Jon Gruden.

A devastating blow for Tampa, who doesn't have another power runner. Cadillac Williams isn't ready to help, so Warrick Dunn will step up, with rookie Clifton Smith involved. Graham's workload came down from his breakout '07 campaign, as expected, but his versatility kept the chains moving. He was on pace for roughly 1,300 total yards before the injury and a top-25 fantasy back finish. He should be back next year as a big part of a Bucs backfield committee.

Source: Tampa Tribune
It's hard for me to believe that Cadillac isn't ready to play in some capacity. It doesn't make a whole lot of sense for the Bucs to activate him if he can't get on the field. If Carnell can play well he could help a lot of fantasy teams down the stretch. Bennett mentioned when he was released that he was expecting it because of how Carnell looked on the field.Clifton Smith has already shown a propensity to put the ball on the ground, and Warrick can't carry it every down and get the tough yards.

 
I woudn't be surprised to see BJ Askew turn into the short-yardage back...if Carnell isn't completely 100%.

 
Dunn is the redraft, or dynasty-for-playoffs kind of guy. Caddy is the dynasty-long-term kind of guy right now. Ernie got his shot, and made the best out of it for a year. He's getting old, now a season-ending injury, and you could say his window for FFB relevance is closing quickly.

 
From Rotoworld:

Earnest Graham-RB-Buccaneers Nov. 17 - 11:08 am et

Earnest Graham is expected to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, according to Bucs coach Jon Gruden.

A devastating blow for Tampa, who doesn't have another power runner. Cadillac Williams isn't ready to help, so Warrick Dunn will step up, with rookie Clifton Smith involved. Graham's workload came down from his breakout '07 campaign, as expected, but his versatility kept the chains moving. He was on pace for roughly 1,300 total yards before the injury and a top-25 fantasy back finish. He should be back next year as a big part of a Bucs backfield committee.

Source: Tampa Tribune
It's hard for me to believe that Cadillac isn't ready to play in some capacity. It doesn't make a whole lot of sense for the Bucs to activate him if he can't get on the field. If Carnell can play well he could help a lot of fantasy teams down the stretch. Bennett mentioned when he was released that he was expecting it because of how Carnell looked on the field.Clifton Smith has already shown a propensity to put the ball on the ground, and Warrick can't carry it every down and get the tough yards.
I hope your right about Cadillac, modern medicine and surgery techniques have changed this whole scene. But the truth is except for the first half of his rookie year he has not looked great but maybe the Tampa improved o-line could help him return to form.
 
Isn't Warrick Dunn one of the players on the steroid list?
He was on the rumored list that made the rounds, but that list appears to have been incorrect b/c it didn't have a number of the players that we know about like Pat & Kevin Williams.
 
From Rotoworld:

Earnest Graham-RB-Buccaneers Nov. 17 - 11:08 am et

Earnest Graham is expected to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, according to Bucs coach Jon Gruden.

A devastating blow for Tampa, who doesn't have another power runner. Cadillac Williams isn't ready to help, so Warrick Dunn will step up, with rookie Clifton Smith involved. Graham's workload came down from his breakout '07 campaign, as expected, but his versatility kept the chains moving. He was on pace for roughly 1,300 total yards before the injury and a top-25 fantasy back finish. He should be back next year as a big part of a Bucs backfield committee.

Source: Tampa Tribune
It's hard for me to believe that Cadillac isn't ready to play in some capacity. It doesn't make a whole lot of sense for the Bucs to activate him if he can't get on the field.

If Carnell can play well he could help a lot of fantasy teams down the stretch. Bennett mentioned when he was released that he was expecting it because of how Carnell looked on the field.Clifton Smith has already shown a propensity to put the ball on the ground, and Warrick can't carry it every down and get the tough yards.
The bucs had to activate him this past week or not at all. If they thought he would be ready week 14 they had to activate him now, so their activation doesn't really say anything definitive about their expectations of him except for the fact that they expect him to be able to contribute at some point this year.
 
FFdork said:
meanjoegreen said:
Isn't Warrick Dunn one of the players on the steroid list?
He was on the rumored list that made the rounds, but that list appears to have been incorrect b/c it didn't have a number of the players that we know about like Pat & Kevin Williams.
I was surprised to see his name on that list that made the first rounds, although I know sometimes players take supplements and don't realize they contain a banned substance.
 
gump said:
What FA are out there? Practice squad possibilities?
At this point, it's all merely throwing out names, but I believe Musa Smith is available. He was on the Jets roster earlier this year, but there wasn't enough room after Jones, Washington and Chatman (before he got injured).
 
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I think if they were to pick someone up it would be strictly for depth. It looks like Dunn is healthy; Caddy is healthy enough to play a part time role; Smith would be the RB3; and Askew back at FB.

 
any chance this is like Clinton Portis' mystery leg injury? could Gruden be playing the injury report game? everything i have seen says "expected" or "likely" to miss the rest of the season. any true confirmation/MRI results/Tampa Bay news reports that tells me I can safely drop Graham?

 
Wed, Nov 19 Graham suffered both a high ankle sprain and ligament damage in Sunday's Buccaneers-Vikings game, the St. Petersburg Times reports. The Buccaneers are expected to place Graham on injured reserve on Wednesday or Thursday.

Recommendation: Expect Warrick Dunn to replace Graham as the starting halfback, with Cadillac Williams getting back into the mix very quickly. The Bucs have already signed free agent back Noah Herron to bolster their backfield depth.

(Rotowire.com)

 
...and thus ends the fantasy portion of Grahams career.
I think you're right. I can easily see him coming back and emerging as a top notch fullback - he's that kind of player that seems to do whatever it takes and do it well. But I think that either Caddy or another guy will be the feature back next year.
 

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