Walking around on crutches and stuck to the sideline is no way to start your NFL career but that's the case for Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie tight end Luke Stocker.
Stocker, the Bucs' fourth-round draft pick out of Tennessee, jammed his right hip during the team's first workout on Friday and is now on the shelf on "a week-to-week'' basis.
"I got into an awkward position and my leg got twisted up a little bit with my hip,'' Stocker said. "The trainer told me to take it a week at a time and we'll get you back out there as soon as we can.''
Stocker was taking a lot of first-team reps in the Bucs' two-tight-end sets before he went down, so this injury could definitely have an adverse affect on the offense. It also was not the start Stocker hoped for.
"Absolutely not,'' Stocker said. "But sometime you've got to deal with the c---- hand your dealt, and so I've just got to play it now.''