Alstott out this week with neck injury

Updated: October 7, 2003, 8:33 PM ET

TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay running back Mike Alstott was placed on injured reserve Tuesday night with a neck problem that may require surgery.

Buccaneers general manager Rich McKay said the season-ending injury, which has bothered the six-time Pro Bowl fullback for about three weeks, is not believed to be career-threatening.

"In looking at it today and talking to the doctors, the safe way to go is to shut Mike down," McKay said.

"It should not affect his career. He should be able ...

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