13 September 2015: Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (93) sacks Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) in the 2nd quarter of the NFL Week 1 game between the Tennessee Titans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL.
On Tuesday night, the frustrating drop off in play for Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy started to make more sense.
McCoy leads the Bucs in sacks with 7.5, but has been somewhat ineffective over the last several weeks. Now we know why.
McCoy revealed on a conference call with the Tampa Bay media regarding his Pro Bowl selection that he has been battling a torn rotator cuff since Week 2. Add in the fractured hand that required the insertion of plate and screws, and it is remarkable the defensive captain has even dressed, much less played.
“I was quoted as saying this has been my toughest year mentally,” McCoy said via a conference call following the Pro Bowl announcement. “I’ve been playing all year with a torn rotator cuff. I’m not a guy to make excuses. When people say, “I’m not doing this and I’m not doing that,’ I never attacked anyone. I just said I need to be better. I love this team and I love this game and anything it takes to be out there, I’m going to do it. That’s just me.”
Bucs running back Doug Martin, who was also selected to the Pro Bowl on Tuesday night was asked about his Hawaiian-bound partner.
“He’s the epitome of toughness, the way he carries himself,” Martin said. “He’s been injured and anybody could’ve stopped playing but he didn’t because we needed him.”
Head coach Lovie Smith also chimed in on McCoy’s toughness Tuesday evening.
“I am excited for Gerald’s fourth Pro Bowl selection,” said Smith. “This selection is a testament to Gerald’s tireless work ethic and the professional pride he displays here every day as one of our team captains. This season, despite battling through injuries, Gerald has anchored our run defense while still leading our team in sacks. He’s the best interior defensive lineman in the league and I’m proud of his achievement.”
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I’m glad they finally revealed what many of us suspected. Too bad there are those who will make light of the injury, but if it happened to them would try to milk a workers compensation claim and sit on their ass for six months moaning about their arm.
The injury bug bit us a little bit more than usual this year. McCoy, McDonald, Spence, all injured this year. Kudos to the guys that hung in there and when healthy they’re a load. Get well Gerald and congrats on your 4th Pro Bowl.
They should’ve mentioned this and sent McCoy to IR earlier so he
Can recover. He’s been given a lot of heat this year by a lot of us posters. I wish him well and hope he can recover fully and be ready for next year. I believe he really needs to add Some weight back on his thin frame. McCoy is a force when healthy but the problem is, he’s been injured so much in his career. It seems like the injury bug
Gets us every year.
It has bit the whole NFL a little harder. What is up with all the injuries. They practice less to avoid more injuries, but that doesn’t appear to be working. They should add a few weeks of increasing intensity at the beginning of the year maybe.
McCoy is a beast and I hate all the people attacking him every year, hell if he has just one off game the attack.
I had a complete tear off the bone on my right cuff, and a torn labrum, and part tear in my left. If McCoy had a bad tear after week two, he should’ve went right to I.R., and had the surgery. The healing time is 12 weeks, but I can tell you it takes a full year before you’re completely right. Pain isn’t the real issue, limited motion, and lack of power is. I couldn’t do a push up my shoulder was so weak. McCoy will be ready to start the season, but like Dougie last year coming off the labrum he won’t be 100 percent.
surferdudes, I had the same thing done 20 years ago. I had pins, screws, and heavy rehab for almost a year. I agree that mcCoy Doctors should have put him on IR. He needs to go right now instead of the Buc organization using him. No matter what happens, the injury will bother him the rest of his life. Get it fixed now! There are a few guys who should go on IR after today if declared by doctors as Doubtful. VJ,G.Johnson,McCoy,Spence,Mankins, Evans Smith,are some to consider. Silly secrecy by Bucs; even us fans understand what some injuries require.
This explains a lot. Thought D line was better without him few weeks ago in that Atlanata win. At least I think was Atlanta? Injuries have hurt the team for sure. Hopefully better luck next year. I respect McCoy not whining and trying to play through it, but doesn’t change my overall view on him. Personally I don’t like him as a player. Off the field he’s great person I know. Wish we had some players with a little grit or nastiness to them on defense. Hes been injured a lot too. Very good DT when he’s 100 percent, but he’s no Warren Sapp.
That is a good thing… the word only needs one Sapp…. LOL
I believe he is just as fierce as a competitor as Sapp from whistle to whistle.
The dude is a stud when healthy. Teams game plan for him. Happy he got the award . Can’t imagine playing football with a torn labrum. Go Bucs!!!!
Fredster, the guy has been playing through a torn rotator and a broken hand and you want players with more grit. Huh?
McCoy’s problem is he has never been Warren Sapp. Well Sapp had a lot better players surrounding him so he could be Sapp.
Thanks to our wonderful drafting where we spent countless high picks, we don’t have a Culpepper, Rice, or anyone else to support him.
Anyone who saw McCoy come off the field in he Saints game with a trainer holding his arm for support knew that wasn’t a minor injury.
You are right about the Atlanta game Fredster. Due to his injury I think Spence is playing better, but unfortunately Spence got injured in the Falcons game.
I believe he is back now and agree they should put McCoy on IR and get him headed towards next season.
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