Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy missed practice on Wednesday with a groin injury, and he is expected to miss practice or be limited later this week in order to rest up for Sunday’s game at Washington. McCoy was injured in last Sunday’s 27-17 loss against Atlanta, which dropped Tampa Bay to 1-8 on the season, and finished the game with just one tackle.
“It definitely affected his play,” Buccaneers defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said. “When you can’t burst, twist and turn like he has to, and he’s still facing double teams all the time, it definitely takes away from your play. To his credit he played through it. We’re trying to get him rest to hopefully have him for Sunday, but it made it more difficult for our team not having him at full strength.”
When asked whether or not resting McCoy would help get him to 100 percent by Sunday’s game against the Redskins, Frazier was unsure.
“Well, I don’t know how much better he’ll get in this short span with that type of injury,” Frazier said. “It’s a leg injury – muscle pull – but we’ll see. Even a 60 or 70 percent Gerald is better than no Gerald. I’m hoping he’ll be able to go.”
McCoy, who leads the team in sacks with five, in addition to recording 10 tackles for loss as the Bucs’ all-important three-technique defensive tackle, said he would be able to play against the Redskins on Sunday.
“Gerald’s not 60 (percent),” McCoy said. “I’m fine. I don’t have to put a number on it, I’m fine.”
Scott Reynolds is in his 23rd year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: email@example.com
Frazier said. “Even a 60 or 70 percent Gerald is better than no Gerald.” That is an understatement, we saw the game when GMC didn’t play and it wasn’t pretty. Win Bucs! I’m predicting 2-14 now, don’t let me down, get that win.
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