Bucs Gerald McCoy, Noah Spence likely to miss Panthers game Monday
The Bucs are preparing to be without four-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and defensive end Noah Spence when they play the Carolina Panthers on Monday Night Football at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.
McCoy suffered a left calf injury with 12:24 left in the first half of Sunday's 27-7 loss to the Denver Broncos and did not return to the game. He was wearing a walking boot on his left leg when he left the locker room. Spence suffered a right shoulder injury and did not return to the game.
“We don’t know exactly as I stand up here right now, but there’s a chance (McCoy will be out) and obviously when you lose a player like Gerald for any amount of time it hurts,'' Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said Monday. "Usually he’s going to draw a double team. With that said, Clinton McDonald stepped up and had his best game of the year. I also felt like Wil Gholston had his best game of the year. Somebody needs to rise up anytime a guy is down and I thought those two guys did that.''
McCoy had two tackles, a quarterback hit and a half sack before leaving the game. McDonald finished with a team-leading eight tackles, including two for a loss, 1.5 sacks and two quarterback hits. The Bucs already have been without starting defensive end Robert Ayers, who suffered an ankle sprain in the season opener and aggravated it in Week 2 vs. the Cardinals. He has missed the last two games.
Tight end Brandon Myers left the game with an injured hip and did not return. He was playing for injured starter Luke Stocker.
"Obviously, the fact that Gerald could not come back in the second half. Gerald, Noah Spence and Brandon (Myers) couldn’t come back in the second half....a couple of those guys were getting MRIs either today and/or tomorrow,'' Koettter said. "Some of that has to carry over into tomorrow. We have an extra day this week, so the players were off today. We’ll practice a little bit tomorrow and they’ll be off on Wednesday.''