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Bucs injury concerns include Albert Haynesworth, Luke Stocker



The Bucs finally got some good news on the injury front with quarterback Josh Freeman's encouraging showing at practice today.

But that has been offset by some other reasons for concern.

The team just released the day's injury report and it contains a few of important disclosures: Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth (knee) and tight end Luke Stocker (hip) both missed practice for a second consecutive day. Also, safety Larry Asante was added to the injury report with a new injury, listed as a hamstring. He did not practice either.

The severity of the Haynesworth injury isn't known, but coach Raheem Morris has said he's going to give the veteran plenty of leeway to maintain his pre-existing injuries. Still, this is the first time he has missed consecutive practices since joining the Bucs last month.

The hip injury Stocker is dealing with is a possible matter for concern. Stocker was sidelined for the entire preseason with a hip injury, though it has not been established whether this is the same injury and/or hip. Stocker was seen leaving the field with a team trainer on Wednesday and hasn't been back yet. His presence in two-tight end sets is critical on running downs.

Asante's injury wasn't previously listed, meaning he likely just began having complication with the hamstring. Other players on the injury report who did not practice today include defensive end Tim Crowder (concussion), linebacker Adam Hayward (foot) and cornerback Aqib Talib (hamstring).

We'll get a clearer status report and projection for Sunday on each of these players when the Bucs conclude their game preparations on Friday. In the meantime, there's plenty to monitor as the Bucs head into Sunday's game at Jacksonville.

[Last modified: Thursday, December 8, 2011 5:06pm]


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