According to Rick Stroud of the St. Petersburg Times, Bucs players are saying Gerald McCoy will be out for the year with a right arm injury. McCoy went out of the game in the first quarter and never returned. If the report turns out to be true, this will be the second straight year McCoy ends the season on injured reserve. Last season he tore his left biceps, ending his season. Per Rick Stroud, he has torn his right biceps this year - again ending his season.
Gerald McCoy had just returned from a high-ankle sprain which caused him to miss two games. Gerald McCoy has certainly been injury-prone so far in his NFL career, but this seems more bad luck than a physical trait. McCoy never had injury problems in college. Gerald McCoy was having a terrific year until he got injured, looking explosive as a pass rusher and very strong in the run game. Despite only having one sack he was consistently in the backfield and disruptive throughout the season.
With DT Frank Okam missing today's game with injury the Bucs were forced to play almost the entire game with just two defensive tackles in Brian Price and Roy Miller, and that was a big factor in the defense giving up a whopping 195 yards on the ground on 28 carries. The Bucs will have to do some serious shuffling on the defensive to remedy the loss of McCoy, and this loss really hurts their pass rush and run defense.