The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were dealt a major blow as starting running back LeGarrette Blount may miss up to six weeks with an MCL tear.

Rick Stoud of the St. Petersburg Times recently reported that Blount was expected to miss one or two games, but according to a report by WQYK-AM in Tampa, the former Oregon star has a Grade 2 MCL tear in his left knee, which means he will miss at least a month of action.

This season, Blount has rushed for 328 yards on 77 carries, and has four receptions for 58 yards. Blount has three touchdowns this season.

In 2010, Blount had a stellar rookie season, as he rushed for 1,007 yards on 201 carries, and six touchdowns, and was Rookie of the Month in December.

The Bucs are coming off one of their most humiliating games in recent memory when they were dismantled by the San Francisco 49ers, 48-3.

Tampa host the Saints on Sunday, and without Blount, Earnest Graham immediately vaults to the starting position. The 31-year-old only has 84 rushing yards on the season, and 1,925 yards in eight career seasons. However, Graham has 23 receptions for 143 yards, this season.

Allen Bradford, a promising rookie who was once considered a potential Heisman Trophy contender when he was at USC, might receive some carries, as well.