The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who were looking at all options in their running game, have lost one of them. Coach Raheem Morris said running back Kareem Huggins will miss the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury in Sunday’s loss to New Orleans.
With starter Cadillac Williams struggling to provide any explosive plays, the Bucs had hoped to give Huggins more playing time and that he could spark the running game. But that no longer is a possibility and the Bucs will have to turn to backups LeGarrette Blount and Kregg Lumpkin.
But the Bucs likely will have to give Williams the bulk of the playing time for at least a few more weeks. Blount and Lumpkin each joined the team just before the start of the regular season and are still adjusting to the offense.
In hindsight, this makes last year’s signing of Derrick Ward look even worse. Ward was signed to a big contract and was expected to at least share carries with Williams and maybe even replace him as the feature back. That never came close to happening.
Ward was ineffective last season and did little in training camp before the Bucs went ahead and cut him in the preseason.
Tuesday is the trading deadline, but I wouldn’t expect the Bucs to go out shopping for a back. If anything, they might sign another free agent.