Gerald McCoy was seen leaving Sunday’s game in a walking boot, but the Bucs defensive tackle downplayed the severity of the injury, joking to the Times’ Tom Bassinger that the boot was “stylish” and matched his clothing.

On Monday, Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter similarly didn’t seem too concerned, though noted that McCoy will have a few tests done on his ankle before the medical staff provides an update.

“It’s pretty common for guys who have a foot or an ankle injury to put it in a boot, so that it takes the stress off, takes the body weight off,” Koetter said. “I know Gerald is getting some tests done today and we’ll know more by tomorrow or Wednesday.”

McCoy finished with one and half sacks in the 14-5 win over the Seahawks, including one on third down during the final possession to keep the clock moving.

Since missing the final three games of his rookie year in 2010 and last 10 games in 2011 with torn biceps, McCoy has missed just four games from 2012-2015. His most recent injury was a calf that sidelined him for Week 5 this year, a 17-14 win in Carolina.

As one of the best defensive tackles in the NFL, losing McCoy for any amount of time would be tough for Tampa Bay’s improving defense. The team would presumably rely on the likes of Clinton McDonald, Akeem Spence and recent signees John Hughes and Sealver Siliga to help fill the void. Moving William Gholston inside is another possibility.

Of course the Bucs are hoping the injury is as insignificant as McCoy and Koetter’s comments seem to suggest, and that the All-Pro three-technique will be ready to go in San Diego next week. 

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seat26
seat26
5 years ago

We need you right now McCoy. You had a great game. Hope you are feeling better by Sunday so we can keep this streak going. The Defense was on fire Sunday.

macabee
macabee
5 years ago

I don’t know if the McCoy injury is serious or not, but we wouldn’t be the Bucs if we weren’t somewhere between a rock and a hard place every week. But part of maturing or growing up as a team is finding a way to win despite the difficulty. Maybe this is a part of changing the culture!

Get better soon Gerald, we need every man! Somehow I’m beginning to believe if you can’t make it, the new brotherhood of the Bucs will rise up find a way to carry your load!

I believe! Go Bucs!

drdneast
drdneast
5 years ago

So true macabee.
How many times would we have seen a Bucs team lose a game like that in the last 8 years. It was almost a given.
Toss an INT, go down and score. Stop, and then a field goal for a win is how it would have gone.
This team is better and has stronger character and attitude thanks to Winston, but it still lacks the depth to easily overcome an injury to a player of McCoy’s ability.

scubog
scubog
5 years ago

Absolutely right Dr. D. Past teams might have let this one get away. This version has a new mindset.

fredster
fredster
5 years ago

I’ve never knocked McCoy as a player when healthy, but the injuries have really been a lot with him. Hoping boot was more precautionary and he can play still now that it’s playoff time of year and we are still in the hunt. Damn frustrating the injuries.

fredster
fredster
5 years ago

We have some D lineman playing at high level so if he can’t go we can still win I think. This team seems different last few weeks and seem to rise to the occasion.

Go Bucs! McDonald has been playing very well at DT too.

Garv
Garv
5 years ago

There is no WAY Gerald will miss the game on Sunday. He’s being smart and taking care of himself. The players are really pumped, have totally bought into each other and the systems on offense AND defense. Listening to Kwon’s total access show yesterday was a joy. The players and fans are on the same page, a positive page!

macabee
macabee
Reply to  Garv
5 years ago

Nailed it Garv! Tweet from Sirius XM NFL Radio on McCoy availability.

SiriusXM NFL Radio ‏@SiriusXMNFL 2h2 hours ago
#Buccaneers DT @Geraldini93: I will be out in San Diego and ready to rock against the Chargers in Week 13. (Regarding foot injury).