Gerald McCoy has a groin injury, but it’s not serious. He still won’t play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the Cleveland Browns on Saturday, though, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.
#Bucs Gerald McCoy has a groin strain and won't play Sat. Not serious. "Whatever happened to good old fashion rest? McCoy said. I'm fine."— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) August 25, 2017
McCoy is the team’s best defensive tackle and best pass-rusher (unless Noah Spence improved to the extent everyone hopes he has) so his absence is always a blow to the defense. Thankfully, this is just a preseason game—it’d be a much bigger problem in the regular season (but then, maybe he would play through this injury then).
Upside: we’ll get to see more of Clinton McDonald in the base defense, and those behind him like DaVonte Lambert will get some extra playing time, too. It may even force Mike Smith to show more of those 3-4 looks we’ve been hearing so much about—and I’m really curious to see how those work out. Hopefully the Bucs have enough depth to still do well against the Browns without McCoy.