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Bucs RB Graham reportedly tears Achilles' tendon vs. Bears

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers haven't had much luck keeping running backs healthy. The latest casualty: Earnest Graham.

Graham, who started Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears in London in place of ailing LeGarrette Blount, suffered what the team announced as a right ankle injury. Graham was injured on a swing pass and appeared to pull up lame before he was hit on the play.


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Bucs coach Raheem Morris didn't address Graham's injury during his postgame news conference. However, ProFootballTalk.com citing a source with knowledge of the situation in reporting that Graham suffered a torn Achilles' tendon.

With the Bucs already playing without Blount, who now has missed two games with a bad knee, Graham's injury left the team with Kregg Lumpkin as the only other tailback on the roster. Lumpkin was the team's leading rusher Sunday with eight carries for 15 yards in a 24-18 loss.

The Bucs also announced that linebacker Mason Foster (ankle) and safety Tanard Jackson (hamstring) left with injuries. Fullback Erik Lorig and defensive tackle Brian Price also departed the game during the first quarter after being shaken up, but no updates were given.

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