Tampa Bay DT Gerald McCoy and LB Lavonte David - Photo by: Getty Images
The Buccaneers came into Sunday’s game against the Broncos already hurting at several key positions.
Before halftime the list had grown considerably.
Bucs rookie DE Noah Spence – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy left the game early in the second quarter with what was described as a calf injury. He didn’t return. The Bucs misfortune continued later in the when Brandon Myers suffered a hip injury and was declared out for the game. To add insult to injury, in a position already thin, rookie defensive end left the game before halftime with a shoulder injury. He was also ruled out for the game.
These three players joined running back Doug Martin, wide receiver Cecil Shorts, tight end Luke Stocker and defensive end Robert Ayers who all were injured Week 2 against the Cardinals. The Bucs lost their second leading sacker, Jacquies Smith in the first game of the season to an ACL injury and he was placed on injured reserve.
The Bucs didn’t provide anymore information on the injuries during the game. Stay tuned to PewterReport.com for more information as it comes available.
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Actually saw some good plays from the D after McCoy left.
Look, I expected to lose this game when the schedule came out. However, I certainly thought we would be the Rams. The season is going to come down to the Carolina game. If we win that game, we heal up and possibly win 7 or 8 games from there. What concerns me is the constant injuries to Martin and McCoy. Is it bad luck? Our over-rated offensive line (yes, we need safety help and pass rushers) were eaten up by Denver’s defense. Next year, keep Evan Smith because he is versatile, move Smith inside, and draft a left tackle and center. We need to say goodbye to Hawley and hope that J.R. comes back healthy. This is tough to say, Go Bucs!
We could have done that this year in the first round got the best player available which was the left tackle from ole miss
I believe it was McDonald who replaced McCoy. Was that when he that he got a sack, or was it earlier in the game. Anyway, I think McDonald had a good game overall. I haven’t found any game stats yet.
Though it was somewhat brutal to watch as a fan, especially in the second half, it was about what I would expect from us playing a Super Bowl level team.
Though we have a long way to go I did not see a lot of quit, more like a lack of talent , especially in-depth talent
Still confident we are on the right track!
Right now? the way I feel? This team loses with the players listed and it loses without them. The Buccaneers have come to be one of the worst if not THE worst home teams in the NFL. Inviting more and more front runners and less and less paying fans every week.
Losing week in and week out is bad enough but doing it at home year after year after year is more than old, it’s disguting.
You’re right about the season pass members selling their tickets to “front runners” Garv. Of course right behind me, whoever owns those seats sells them every week to the opponent. This week the guy was from Venice, Fl., lived in Denver for a while and now lives in Ashville, NC. I said, so let me get this straight, you grew up and spent most of your adult life In Bucville, were in Broncoville for a brief time and are now retired in Pantherville and chose the team most likely to win. I kept declaring out loud that these Bronco fans actually live right here. None, I repeat none, ever said otherwise. One youngster said his mother made him wear the shirt.
I am concerned about durability issues for McCoy and Martin also. I have no clue how professional scouts asses durability when it comes to the draft.
We don’t even have enough quality starters Dto compete, let alone the back ups. This is quickly turning into one of those years when you start checking the draft sites because you know it is just going to get worse. Depth. Depth. Depth.
I feel like we are back in the 1980’s? Poor coaching, player’s, drafting, trades, free agents. Can it get any worse?
Yea this team sucks bad. Worst team in NFL very likely. If not worst in bottom 5 no doubt. I would give Koetter another year but I just don’t know what to think. Maybe time to blow this team up and get as many draft picks as we can. I thought we had the right GM but I think he needs to go too. Depressing…..lol.
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