Tampa Bay's Earnest Graham injured his right ankle during a victory over the Minnesota Vikings, and Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden said the running back's season ``could be in jeopardy.''
Graham was hurt on his only carry in Sunday's 19-13 win, limping off after landing awkwardly when he was tackled after a 3-yard gain.
``His status for the rest of the season is very much in question right now,'' Gruden said Monday. ``I don't have the exact medical terms, but I will say right now, it doesn't look like he'll play any time soon.''
Warrick Dunn took over as the featured back when Graham left, finishing with 53 yards on 20 carries to move ahead of Ricky Watters for 19th place on the NFL's career rushing list with 10,657 yards. He also had four receptions for 65 yards against the Vikings.
active Sunday.
``Obviously we brought Cadillac up with the understanding he's ready to go,'' Gruden said. ``We're very disappointed for Earnest. He means a lot to us. He's done so much for us here in the last couple of years. He a key reason why we are where we are.''
Graham started 10 games in 2007 and rushed for 898 yards and 10 touchdowns in helping the Bucs win the NFC South.
Patriots
Bill Belichick is preparing his team for another look at the Dolphins unusual Wildcat offense.
Miami unveiled the tactic in which a running back takes a direct snap from center in its 38-13 win over New England in the teams' third game of the season. The Patriots visit Miami on Sunday and Belichick said Monday that even though the element of surprise is gone, it's still a difficult offense to stop.
Belichick said the Dolphins add new wrinkles to their Wildcat plays each week.
Both teams are 6-4 and tied for second in the AFC East, one game behind the Jets. A Patriots loss would leave them 0-2 against the Dolphins and at a disadvantage in the first tiebreaker for a playoff spot: head-to-head record.

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