Rookie tight end Luke Stocker has made a big impact as a blocker in the running game, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers expect to be without their fourth round pick from Tennnessee Sunday at San Francisco.
Stocker, 23, is 'week-to-week' with a knee injury he suffered in the Bucs' 24-17 win over the Indianapolis Colts Monday night,'' Bucs coach Raheem Morris said.
"Luke Stocker will probably be a week to week guy,'' Morris said. "He got rolled up, I'm not exactly sure about the extent of the injury. I'm sure it's on there. But we have to practice without him and he'll be missed. He's a tough kid. He'll probably get back soon.''
The Bucs have had success running the football this season with Blount behind a two tight end set with Kellen Winslow and Stocker. Morris said the Bucs might have to lean more on their backup tight ends.
"We've got Zack Pianalto on our football team and Collin Franklin on our football team,'' Morris said. "If Kellen has to take a little heavier load, he's got to take a heavier load. We'll just get ready to go out there and run our plays and give the ball to LeGarrette Blount and put a little more weight on what (Erik) Lorig means to us and a little bit of Earnest Graham and some of those other guys and lean heavier on our tackles and get those guys going heavier on their double teams and make it happen. ... It's next man up. We really don't talk about injuries.''