Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy Out for Season

NEW ORLEANS — He played about six downs and left Sunday’s loss against the Saints but now it’s looking like those downs were the last of Gerald McCoy’s 2011 season.

Early word out of the Buccaneers locker room is that the second year defensive tackle is done for the year after injuring his arm.

McCoy missed three games this season after hurting his ankle in San Francisco. There was a feeling that McCoy’s injury was pretty serious when he was immediately ruled out for the rest of Sunday’s game after leaving.

McCoy hasn’t played a full season since being drafted last season at No. 3 overall by the Bucs out of Oklahoma. He has been less then stellar in the time he has played and is already being out played by this year’s draft choice Adrian Clayborn albeit at a position further down the defensive line.

If McCoy is indeed out for the remainder of the year as is being indicated, the Bucs will be in a situation not unlike the one they had at running back a few weeks ago. Frank Okam missed Sunday’s game meaning the Bucs were down to just two healthy tackles in their 4-3 defense. That’s four lineman, two of whom are tackles. Roy Miller isn’t that great and Brian Price is both fatigued from never playing and is injury prone (his reason for never playing).

As Tampa enters the final stretch of their tough season, the next man up theory will be tough to follow. Mainly because there is no other men left to step up.


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