Bucs get mixed injury news on Stocker, Clayborn, Tynes
Player health is again one of the main topics at Bucs camp, with coach Greg Schiano today offering mixed news on several players.
Tight end Luke Stocker (calf) was activated from the physically unable to perform list, meaning he can participate in practice. But Schiano cautioned against assuming Stocker is ready to go.
“Progress is a good way to put it,” Schiano said. “He’s not ready to go, but he was taken off PUP because he was going to do some things with pads on, which is the rule. He’s moving in the right direction.”
Stocker was sidelined for full-team drills where contact was a part of the day’s practice.
Another starter, right defensive end Adrian Clayborn (groin), returned to practice but ultimately wasn’t ready to finish the workout. He eventually went back to conditioning only, riding an exercise bicycle.
“He went back out and didn’t quite feel good enough,” Schiano said. “So we’ll give it a couple more days.”
And position to watch is the place kicking job. Veteran Lawrence Tynes – who replaced Connor Barth after his Achilles tear – is nursing a toe injury and might not be able to participate in Thursday’s preseason opener. That’s created an opportunity for first-year player Derek Dimke, who is very much in the picture.
“I think when we started this competition, Tynes was in front because he was the veteran,” Schiano said. “But I’ve never coached either one of them. Where are we today? This isn’t a book about what’s happened in the past. It’s about the Bucs in 2013.
“The competition is good, but the injury has definitely set Lawrence back. We have to get him feeling good before we can make a fair judgment.”
Schiano’s appears to be keeping an open mind about the kicking job, meaning Dimke is in play.