Tampa Bay Buccaneers Injury News: Joseph tears kneecap, McCoy and Clayborn 'fine'

August 24, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Davin Joseph (75) gets carted off the field during the second quarter against the New England Patriots at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

The big news yesterday was not a dominant performance against a good team in the preseason for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but the loss of star right guard Davin Joseph, and injuries suffered by defensive linemen Gerald McCoy and Adrian Clayborn. We can now give you a few updates on those injuries, both good and bad.

WTSP sideline reported Dave Wirth reported yesterday on air that Davin Joseph had suffered a torn kneecap (via JoeBucsFan), with an estimated recovery time of three months. That would land the offensive lineman on injured reserve, unless the Buccaneers feel like keeping his roster spot open for the rest of the season in hopes he can return. As reported earlier, this means that Joseph's season is likely over. The good news is, of course, that a torn kneecap is a relatively benign injury that shouldn't hurt Joseph in the long term. Any ligament damage would have been much more damaging.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will rely on third-year guard Ted Larsen to take over for Davin Joseph, although Derek Hardman might push for some playing time as well. Watch for the Bucs to claim a player or two on the waiver wire after the first round of cuts on Monday.

Meanwhile, Greg Schiano gave us a tiny update on Gerald McCoy's and Adrian Clayborn's injuries: he expected both defensive linemen to be 'fine'. Schiano has turned One Buc Place into a fortress with finely guarded secrets when it comes to injuries, so no details were forthcoming - but it at least sounds like the two players will be ready for the regular season.

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