After hearing from Chad Ochocinco, Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie MLB Mason Foster is waiting to hear from the NFL office.
Foster was flagged 15 yards for unnecessary roughness for his open-field hit against Ochocinco in the opening quarter of Thursday night's 31-14 preseason loss to the Patriots. The league could fine Foster this week for launching himself into a defenseless receiver with a blow to the helmet.
"I was running Cover 2, middle run through, staying between the hashes," Foster said of the jarring first-down collision. "I flipped one way and didn't see a threat. I flipped back, broke on the ball and ran into it. It's a good play, but they threw a flag and kind of put a dark cloud over it. It looked good to me, but this is my first year in the NFL, so I don't know what they're calling. Either way, I've got to learn from it."
In a Twitter feed, Ochocinco absolved Foster of any blame for the hit and offered to pay any potential fine.
"He hit me up, he's a good guy," Foster said of Ochocinco. "We'll see what happens. I can't try to change the way I play … aim a little lower I guess. It was a bang-bang play. Everything in the NFL happens real fast."
Full speed ahead
New Buccaneers DT John McCargo is excited about a new opportunity after a forgettable five-year stint in Buffalo.
The Bills traded up in the 2006 draft to select McCargo out of North Carolina State, but he started only one game for Buffalo before hitting the free agent market last month.
"I'm going to leave the past in the past and look forward to a fresh start," said McCargo, who turned 28 on Friday. "When you get a second chance, you don't want to go into a new situation and make the same mistakes. I'm definitely looking at it as an opportunity to hopefully revive my career."
The Bucs found themselves a little thin at the position after E.J. Wilson was sidelined by an ankle injury. Brian Price (pelvis) is still recovering, and Roy Miller is slowed by a knee problem.
"I spent two hours yesterday talking to (defensive line coach) Keith Millard, going over this defense," McCargo said. "I definitely like this scheme. It's kind of like when I was in college, a penetrating 4-3 defense."
After five years of relative inactivity in Buffalo, McCargo was starting to wonder whether he'd be granted another chance as an unrestricted free agent.
"My agent was calling people every day," he said. "It was worth the wait and the stress."
Coach Raheem Morris was thrilled to see rookie TE Luke Stocker participate in practice Sunday morning.
The fourth-round pick out of Tennessee has been hobbled by a hip injury that caused him to miss almost all of his first NFL training camp and Tampa Bay's first two preseason games.
"I'm fired up about Luke Stocker being back on the field," Morris said. "He couldn't have picked a better practice to come back to."
The Bucs hope to utilize Stocker in some two-tight end formations with Kellen Winslow this fall to take advantage of his polished receiving skills.
"It felt great to be back and my hip felt good," Stocker said. "It was very frustrating, but I got in all the mental work I could while I was hurt."
Morris said CB Aqib Talib (hamstring) may make his preseason debut Saturday night against the Dolphins. … After two games, opposing backs are averaging 4.8 yards per carry against the Bucs, who finished 28th in rushing defense last year. … Miami enters Raymond James Stadium coming off exhibition wins against Atlanta and Carolina.