Daniel Lasco has a little bit of history with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
When Lasco around the age of four or five, his grandfather, a huge Bucs fan, took Lasco to practices and games. He got an autograph from former Tampa Bay fullback Mike Alstott; the family probably still has the ball somewhere.
Now, long after he and his family moved back to Texas, Lasco will be able to play on that field Sunday.
"I used to live in Tampa," Lasco said. "I think that was like the first NFL game I'd ever been to, was a Bucs game, so going out there and playing on that field is going to be real sentimental to me."
The rookie almost didn't get the chance. A grade 2 hamstring strain has kept him out of the Saints' last five games and six of their last seven, halting a rookie year that looked promising, particularly on special teams.
Initially injured before the Kansas City game, Lasco returned against Seattle, and the following week in practice, he felt his hamstring tug again.
"I came back a little too early, and I was running around in practice and kind of reaggravated it too soon," Lasco said. "I probably should have only missed a couple of weeks, but that set me back."
Now, after five weeks away to let the injury heal properly, Lasco is finally back at practice and ready to rejoin the lineup, just in time to play on a field that holds special meaning for him.
"Nothing is really limiting me from doing anything," Lasco said. "My hamstring feels good, being able to run out there and kind of open it up a little bit, not feel anything, grabs or anything like that."