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Gerald McCoy could miss time with calf injury

FILE - This Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016 file photo shows Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (93) before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Tampa, Fla. The Buccaneers play the Denver Broncos on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File) AP

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.”

The need to step up may extend beyond McCoy’s spot. Defensive end Noah Spence left with a shoulder injury and defensive end Robert Ayers has missed the last two games with an ankle injury.

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.

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3 Responses to “Gerald McCoy could miss time with calf injury”
  1. yesser12 says: Oct 3, 2016 6:44 PM

    His legs really can’t hold up for a season. McCoy is one of the best when he plays, but he gets some injury every season.

  2. buccaboo says: Oct 3, 2016 7:29 PM

    It doesn’t really matter if he is there or not, we have NO pass rush either way. If you want to break in a rookie QB, send them to play the Bucs

  3. kcl10 says: Oct 3, 2016 7:53 PM

    He’s a great teammate, and he does lots of excellent work for the community, by all accounts works diligently at his craft. He’s one of the best when healthy. Problem with that is he ain’t healthy all that much. Injuries always seem to limit his effectiveness or keep him from playing every single year, and yet somehow this team always counts on him to be the man.

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