With a Buccaneers injury report that already looks like a M*A*S*H unit, the list grew by one more on Thursday night, as quarterback Josh McCown was knocked out of the game in the second quarter.
McCown hit his throwing hand on the helmet of an Atlanta defender and was taken to the locker room for examination. When McCown emerged from the locker room his hand was heavily bandaged. Backup Mike Glennon took over for McCown bt fared no better.
It was already a forgettable night for McCown prior to the injury, as the veteran was just 5-of-12 for 58 yards and an interception that was returned for a touchdown by the Falcons.
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The Buccaneers released the final injury report of the week on Wednesday in advance of their game on Thursday night in Atlanta.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
DL Da’Quan Bowers – Abdomen – Full Participant – Probable
C Evan Dietrich-Smith – Back – Limited Participant – Probable
T Demar Dotson – Hamstring – Full Participant – Probable
LB Mason Foster – Shoulder – Did Not Participate – Out
DE William Gholston – Shoulder – Full Participant – Probable
DE Michael Johnson – Ankle – Limited Participant – Questionable
G Logan Mankins – Knee – Limited Participant – Probable
RB Doug Martin – Knee – Limited Participate – Questionable
DT Gerald McCoy – Hand – Did Not Participate – Questionable
CB Bradley McDougald – Knee – Full Participant – Probable
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins – Ankle – Did Not Participate – Out
WR Julio Jones – Ankle – Full Participant – Probable
T Jake Matthews – Ankle – Full Participant – Probable
LB Prince Shembo – Knee – Full Participant – Probable
WR Roddy White – Hamstring – Did Not Participate – Questionable
PewterReport.com’s Scott Reynolds joined Rich Herrera on 98.7 The Fan FM on Tuesday night to discuss the Buccaneers 0-2 start, the rash of injuries and looked ahead to Thursday night’s road trip to Atlanta.
To hear the full interview, click here.
In the locker room following Sunday’s loss to the Rams, Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy’s hand was in a cast. On both Monday and Tuesday the cast was nowhere to be found when McCoy strolled through during the team’s open locker room period, causing some to wonder if maybe the initial diagnosis was wrong. But late on Tuesday afternoon the mystery of missing cast was solved.
“Gerald, we got him fitted in a cast today,” Smith said. “It’s not a club. Today, of course, he had his thumb out, so we’ll see. Eventually, that’s what he’ll end up playing with, with some protection while being able to use all of your fingers.”
The question still remains if McCoy can play on Thursday evening as the Bucs travel to Atlanta to take on the Falcons, but during his post-practice press conference Smith didn’t sound very hopeful that Tampa Bay’s best defensive lineman would be able to suit up.
“You can’t really rush the passer or play three-technique with one arm,” Smith said. “You need to be able to use that. Gerald is a heck of a player but I might have a chance against him if I made him put his hand behind his back and just played with one hand. That’s pretty hard to do. Eventually he’ll be able to use both and we’ll put him out there then. That’s not to say he can’t do it, but it’s a matter of time. He’s a quick healer and he was light on his feet out there today.”
Two days removed from Gerald McCoy injuring his left hand, the star defensive tackle’s availability for Thursday’s quick turnaround game at Atlanta remains up in the air.
“Right now we’re trying to figure out what’s the best decision and what’s the best way to keep it protected,” McCoy said in front of his locker Tuesday afternoon. “Obviously it’s better if I’m out there, but it’s still a long season. So we’re just going to take it day by day and see what happens.
“There’s always the risk that you can make it worse,” he continued. “It’s just been a couple days now. I don’t think it’s a secret that it’s going to be hard to play with a broken hand after a couple days. It can always get worse and that’s the risk of going out there on Thursday.”
The anchor of Tampa Bay’s defensive line suffered a break or fracture in his left hand during the eighth play of first quarter against St. Louis on Sunday. He returned for the first play of the Rams’ next drive but then left field for good.
McCoy wouldn’t rule out a playing Thursday but didn’t sound confident in that possibility.
“It’s going to be hard to grab people with a broken hand, but I’ve been doing this long enough to where I can figure it out,” he said. “I’m just doing a lot of treatment, doing some hand exercises, and then we’ll see how much I can use it out there. But I guarantee you I’m doing everything in my power to get back as soon as possible.”
Another thing McCoy wouldn’t disclose is the extent of his injury, even whether it was a break or a fracture. “I don’t know. I leave that to the doctors. I just do what they tell me. It’s my left hand. It’s in the left part of my left hand.”
In McCoy’s absence, the Bucs primarily positioned Clinton McDonald, Da’Quan Bowers and Akeem Spence on the interior line Sunday. McCoy said even if he can’t go in Atlanta he’ll remain active during lead-up practices and the game Thursday night.
“I’ve got to stay involved,” McCoy said. “One thing I’ve been doing is staying as involved as possible even with limited participation. Even if it’s walk-throughs, getting on my offensive line, getting the looks – just being very detailed.”
McCoy is one of three opening-day starters to have gone down with an injury that’s caused missed time. McDonald’s the only one to avoid it thus far.
Atlanta coach Mike Smith spoke with the Tampa Bay media Tuesday afternoon and said he’s fully anticipating a tough test from the Buccaneers defense despite missing some key players.
“I’ve been very impressed with the way the defense has played, even with the injuries,” Smith said. “They’ve done what they need to do and that’s keep people out of the end zone. Lovie’s teams, they always play hard. I’ve been very impressed with their defensive line.”
Every Monday at 4:20pm Scott Reynolds from PewterReport.com joins The Booger and Ryan Show to break down last weekend’s game. Sunday was another loss this time to the St. Louis Rams.
Gerald McCoy broke his hand on Sunday and Reynolds said that he would be surprised to see McCoy and Mason Foster in the game on Thursday against the Falcons.
Reynolds said that this is a tough situation for the Bucs to be in. Losing two games at home NFC opponents and all the injuries piling up are costing them.
To listen to the full interview, click here.
The Buccaneers and Falcons released their official injury report to the NFL this evening and here are the players that both teams listed.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Da’Quan Bowers – Abdomen – Full Participation
Evan Dietrich-Smith – Back – Limited Participation
Demar Dotson – Hamstring – Did Not Participate
Mason Foster – Shoulder – Did Not Participate
William Gholston – Shoulder – Limited Participation
Michael Johnson – Ankle – Limited Participation
Logan Mankins – Knee – Limited Participation
Doug Martin – Knee –Limited Participation
Gerald McCoy – Hand –Did Not Participate
Bradley McDougald –Knee – Full Participation
Austin Seferian-Jenkins – Ankle –Did Not Participate
Julio Jones – Ankle – Limited Participation
Jake Matthews – Ankle – Limited Participation
Prince Shembo –Knee – Limited Participation
Roddy White – Hamstring – Did Not Participate
Bucs head coach Lovie Smith was fairly upbeat when he addressed the media on Monday afternoon during his weekly postgame press conference. Part of that has to do with finding some bright spots after reviewing the film.
“As we go forward, we have to highlight some of the positive things we did in the game, starting off offensively with our running game,” Smith said. “Whenever you can average over five yards a carry, it’s a good thing. And when we wanted to pass the football, I thought we were able to do some things in the passing game. We had pretty good balance.
“Offensive line, I think just about every time I’ve come in here someone has asked about the offensive line. I don’t hear any questions now and that’s a good thing. Our offensive line, that’s a good front that we played against. Bobby Rainey, talking about my glass half full as it is, the job Bobby Rainey did stepping up and the offensive line put him a position to do those things. Those are the things that we will build on.”
Although there were some positives, there were plenty of things that disappointed Smith and his staff from Sunday’s loss to the Rams.
“And defensively, just disappointing the amount of times we’ve taken the ball away,” Smith said. “We hung in there, but we had a quarterback that hasn’t played an awful lot, and we let them keep drives going, especially late. In the second half, they had about three long drives, and that really hurt us. Talked a lot last week about special teams and what we did well. As we’ve mentioned, [the blocked] field goal taking points off the board for us, and, of course, that [blocked] punt really hurt us.
“But that’s where we are for our football team. We watched the video this morning quickly and made the corrections. And now, as far as our team is concerned, they’ve moved on to Atlanta.”