The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they have placed defensive tackle Clinton McDonald on injured reserve and released linebacker Julian Stanford from the practice squad.
McDonald played in the first six games of the season, totaling 31 tackles, with two tackles for loss. Since joining Tampa Bay in 2014, McDonald has started all 19 games he has played in, recording 76 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks, two fumble recoveries and an interception.
McDonald was joined on last week’s injury report by fellow interior defensive linemen Gerald McCoy and Tony McDaniel. McCoy was the only one to suit up, recording only one tackle and pressuring Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan three times.
Healed-up Akeem Spence helped ease some of the burden by starting in place of McDonald in Atlanta after making his return to the field last week in Washington.
Henry Melton is the third and final, non-injured defensive tackle on the current roster. The Bucs have rookie Derrick Lott (Tennessee-Chattanooga) on the practice squad.
Well that wasn’t good news. Sorry to lode Clinton; good player.
Clinton usually does the pregame warmup huddle for the team.
With McDonald gone last week, Jameis Winston took over the responsibilities.
Why doesn’t that surprise me.
My concern is our DT push might be compromised, though Spence played good. We are really banged up. I’m sure the Giants are focused on leading their Division and are ticked they lost their game to the Saints. Giants are a good football team and like to go against our style of running first offense and playing our Safety’s deep on Defense. Here’s hoping for some more turnover’s and sacks. Go Bucs!
McDonald is a good NT so I’m sorry to see him go on IR. He has the speed, agility, motor to chase guys down sideways but is still stout enough to maintain his gap against downhill runners. Along with the occasional sack that’s all you can ask of a NT in this type of defense.
A good player who will be missed. But what IS his injury and will it affect his coming back at full strength next season?
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