Posted by Josh Katzowitz
For the second straight season, Gerald McCoy, the Buccaneers first-round pick in 2010, apparently has been lost for the year after tearing his biceps muscle.
That’s what players told reporters, including the St. Petersburg Times, and the loss for Tampa Bay -- which played the past two games without McCoy, struggling with a bum ankle -- is a tough one for the Buccaneers defense.
“It’s unfortunate,” cornerback Ronde Barber said. “You hate to see that happen, especially with a young player. We’re a different team without him.”
McCoy was a No. 3 pick in 2010, but, assuming he goes on IR, will have played only 19 games in the first two seasons of his career.
“Hey, stuff like that happens, man,” defensive tackle Brian Price said. “I feel bad for him because he had the same injury last year, just on the other arm. My heart goes out to him because I know how hard it is being on IR. I just hope he gets better.
“We can’t count our losses and be sorry for ourselves. We just have to keep pushing.”
This might be a good good chance for Da’Quan Bowers to get more playing time, but at this point, he’s considered undersized to play much on running downs.
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