In the locker room following Sunday’s loss to the Rams, Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy’s hand was in a cast. On both Monday and Tuesday the cast was nowhere to be found when McCoy strolled through during the team’s open locker room period, causing some to wonder if maybe the initial diagnosis was wrong. But late on Tuesday afternoon the mystery of missing cast was solved.
“Gerald, we got him fitted in a cast today,” Smith said. “It’s not a club. Today, of course, he had his thumb out, so we’ll see. Eventually, that’s what he’ll end up playing with, with some protection while being able to use all of your fingers.”
The question still remains if McCoy can play on Thursday evening as the Bucs travel to Atlanta to take on the Falcons, but during his post-practice press conference Smith didn’t sound very hopeful that Tampa Bay’s best defensive lineman would be able to suit up.
“You can’t really rush the passer or play three-technique with one arm,” Smith said. “You need to be able to use that. Gerald is a heck of a player but I might have a chance against him if I made him put his hand behind his back and just played with one hand. That’s pretty hard to do. Eventually he’ll be able to use both and we’ll put him out there then. That’s not to say he can’t do it, but it’s a matter of time. He’s a quick healer and he was light on his feet out there today.”
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
So does that mean he won’t play for 1 – 6 weeks?
It’s McCoy’s leadership on the field that will be missed….not just his left hand. No sense risking further injury. But if he can play without putting himself at greater risk put him in the game a few snaps and see how it goes.
Still haven’t received my tee shirt Mark. I’m starting to think this is like the airline tickets we were supposed to get if we listened to a time share sale promotion. Still waiting for those too.
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