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Cadillac, Petitgout Out For Season
Posted Oct 1, 2007 by Alex Vila
Updated Oct 1, 2007 at 01:43 PM
Coach Jon Gruden’s weekly news conference started late Monday, but once it did the news was bad – running back Cadillac Williams and left tackle Luke Petitgout are out for the season with knee injuries.
Gruden said the two will have season-ending surgery this week.
‘‘It’s a big blow. Other people need to step up now. Tough day that way,’‘’ Gruden said.
‘‘We’ll move on and do the best we can in the absence of these players.’‘
Gruden said Michael Pittman and Earnest Graham will fill the hole left by Cadillac, who tore his patellar tendon at the end of the first quarter of Sunday’s 20-7 victory over Carolina. He also said there
were a lot of thoughts going on regarding roster moves, but he would not comment on whether Ken Darby would be recalled from the practice squad or anything else.
Gruden said he did not feel snakebit over the injuries.
‘‘I don’t think catastrophic is the word. You think of hurricanes and things like that,’‘’ Gruden said. ‘‘We have to rally around this football team.’‘
While Pittman and Graham replaced Williams against the Panthers, Donald Penn lined up at left tackle after Petitgout went down early in the second quarter. Anthony Davis, who has started at left tackle, was inactive Sunday.
Gruden was proud of the defense’s effort and Monte Kiffin’s game plan against Carolina. The Panthers avoided a shutout by scoring with 22 seconds left.
‘‘We had a pretty good pass rush at times. It was a collaborative effort,’’ he said. ‘‘Standards are high. We want to win games and to do that we have to play very good defense; stop the run, get some three and outs, get turnovers. We need to do that Sunday’’ when the Bucs travel to Indianapolis to play the undefeated and defending champion Colts.
With the first quarter of the season over, and the Bucs sitting atop the NFC South with a 3-1 record, Gruden said the team will have a different look.
‘‘Just like the first quarter started on the road against Seattle, this quarter starts at Indianapolis and it will be a great challenge,’‘’ he said.
‘‘We realize the Colts are very talented and we’ll probably be a heavy underdog.’‘