The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be without defensive end Kyle Moore for up to three weeks. Moore said he tore his knee meniscus and is having minor surgery on Friday. The injury is similar to that suffered by wide receiver Antonio Bryant.
Moore (6-5, 272) had just returned to practice at the end of last week from a groin injury. Tampa Bay held Moore out for the second straight week against Buffalo, but planned on Moore seeing his first NFL game action on Sunday against the Giants.
A frustrated Moore said Thursday that he injured his knee during Wednesday’s practice.
“Yesterday, I did it yesterday,” said Moore. “My first day coming back. I can’t catch a break.”
However, the Bucs believe Moore might have already had the injury, but didn’t know it until he took the field for practice Wednesday since he had missed a significant amount of practice time and Tampa Bay’s first two regular season games with the groin ailment.
Regardless of when the injury actually happened, it leaves the Bucs without Moore's services for a few weeks.
"I got to get surgery tomorrow," said Moore. "I'll be out for three weeks. That's the longest I'll be out."
Moore had two sacks in the preseason. The Bucs used Moore at left defensive end, and inside at defensive tackle on passing downs. Tampa Bay had planned on getting Moore involved as a pass rusher. The Buccaneers defensive line has two sacks through the first two games of the 2009 season.
In other injury news, the Bucs were without center Jeff Faine (triceps) and wide receivers Bryant (knee) and Maurice Stovall (knee) in practice on Thursday.
Should Stovall, who started in place of Bryant last week, not be able to go vs. the New York Giants Bucs WR Brian Clark would make his first professional start in the NFL.
"Brian Clark ready up and riding baby," said Bucs head coach Raheem Morris, who also indicated the team could lean more on its tight ends this week. "He started in the preseason. We talked about this. We have been through this. Mentally tough, ready to go."
Faine, who is expected to miss a few more weeks of action, has already been ruled out of Sunday's game. Sean Mahan likely will replace him again.
Bucs defensive tackle Roy Miller (ankle) was limited in practice Thursday.
In addition to having running backs Earnest Graham (hamstring) and RB Clifton Smith (quad) limited in practice, RB Cadillac Williams was also held out of Thursday's workout with knee soreness.
Morris stressed that Williams' knee soreness was a result of playing on the hard surface in Buffalo, not anything having to do with the two major knee injuries he previously sustained in consecutive seasons.
"Carnell Williams did not practice," said Morris. "He was sore after the turf game with the knee. It had nothing to do with the surgery. Nothing like that, just that first time on the turf it was a little sore. He's expected to play."
Morris also said that Williams was expected to return to practice on Friday.
Cornerback Elbert Mack (shoulder), tight end John Gilmore (ankle), and linebacker Matt McCoy (back) had full participation for the second straight day.
The New York Giants released their Thursday injury report. Not participating was: defensive tackle Chris Canty (calf), cornerback Kevin Dockery (hamstring), wide receiver Domenik Hixon (knee), wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (foot), safety Kenny Phillips (knee), cornerback Aaron Ross (hamstring), defensive end Justin Tuck (shoulder), and running back Danny Ware (elbow). Limited in practice were offensive linemen Adam Koets (ankle), wide receiver Mario Manningham (shoulder), and linebacker Clint Sintim (groin).