The Buccaneers suffered another defeat on Sunday, losing to the Broncos 27-7 and dropping to 1-3 in a start that hasn’t done much to suggest the team will take a step up after five straight losing seasons.
The chances of turning that around won’t be helped by the absence of defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, but the Bucs have to find a way forward all the same. McCoy left the Denver game with a calf injury and coach Dirk Koetter said on Monday that McCoy’s absence could extend through at least next Monday’s game against the Panthers.
“We don’t know exactly as I stand up here right now, but there’s a chance and obviously when you lose a player like Gerald for any amount of time it hurts,” Koetter said, via the Tampa Bay Times. “Usually he’s going to draw a double team. With that said, Clinton McDonald stepped up and had his best game of the year. I also felt like Will Gholston had his best game of the year. Somebody needs to rise up anytime a guy is down and I thought those two guys did that.”
Whether Cam Newton is ready to go or not, missing all three would leave the remaining Bucs defensive linemen with a lot to do in the matchup between 1-3 NFC South teams.