Bucs uncertain if RB Blount will play this week, TE Stocker to return
LeGarrette Blount's left groin injury is not expected to keep the Bucs running back out for an extended period of time, coach Greg Schiano said Saturday. Meanwhile, tight end Luke Stocker, who suffered concussion-like symptoms last week and did not play Friday, has been cleared to resume practice.
Blount was injured late in the second quarter of the Bucs' 30-7 loss to the Tennessee Titans Friday after rushing for a 4-yard gain. He remained on the turf for several minutes and grabbed his left leg, just above the knee. Blount was examined in the locker room and return to the field but did not play. He finished with 11 yards on eight rushing attempts.
"I don't know how long, but I don't think it's going to be serious,'' Schiano said of Blount's injury. "I think, will it be this week? I don't know. But I don't think it will be an extended period of time.''
Meanwhile, Stocker was said to have been examined for a possible concussion he suffered in practice last Monday, according to Fox play-by-play announcer Chris Myers, who called the game for Ch. 10.
Schiano would only say that Stocker was cleared to resume practice Monday.
"He wasn't feeling well. We sent him to the doctors and he's okay,'' Schiano said. "So whether it was concussion or whatever it was, I don't know why that was said. I stay away from that C word unless the doctor tells me that's what it is. It's a physical game, we hit into each other. Right? And if the guy doesn't feel well, sometimes it is that, sometimes it isn't that. We take it very, very seriously though, so if a guy has anything where he doesn't feel well, we're going to err on the side of caution. As an organization, we're committed to that. I am. They're people first. They've only got one of those, so we're going to be extra careful. Todd and the doctors know how I feel, but he's okay. Which is great. And he'll be back at it Monday. He probably could've played Friday but we weren't going to risk it.''