Gerald McCoy went down in the first quarter of today's game with a knee injury. He sat out a few plays and then came back, and seemed to mostly be fine. But it looks like he wasn't really okay. Apparently, he dislocated his knee cap. And played through it.
Per league source, Bucs DT Gerald McCoy dislocated knee cap at Detroit. He returned and played despite the injury.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) December 7, 2014
That is ridiculous. And possibly dangerous: McCoy may have sustained some structural damage, which would be really bad news. The defensive tackle has 8.5 sacks this year and signed a massive contract extension last month. Although he was able to play through the injury, it's certainly conceivable that doctors advise him to shut it down for the rest of the year. It's not like the Bucs have anything left to play for.
Pro Football Talk reports that McCoy will have an MRI on Monday to assess the extent of the damage. So we should have more on his status tomorrow, assuming Lovie Smith doesn't go all secretive on us again.