Stocker was limited in Wednesday's practice due to a back injury, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Stocker joined fellow tight ends Austin Hooper (knee) and Jaeden Graham (thigh) as a limited participants in the session. Given that Stocker didn't practice in any capacity last week before sitting out the Thanksgiving Day loss to the Saints, he's at least seemingly taken a step forward in his recovery. If he's able to play Sunday against the Panthers, Stocker would fill his usual role as a blocking specialist and would have a limited role in the passing game regardless of the availability of Hooper and/or Graham.

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