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Bucs McCoy would wear cast but not counted on vs. Saints

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The Bucs don't sound as if they're counting on having defensive tackle Gerald McCoy against the Saints Sunday. Even if he does play, he will have to wear a cast on his injured left hand.

"If he's able to get out there, that would be a big plus for us, obviously,'' defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said. "And we'll see how he does, if he's able to practice with us either today or tomorrow. But he's going to have a big cast on his hand either way. Just having Gerald out there is a big deal for us. It's still tough to single block him if he's able to play.''

McCoy suffered a left hand injury at the end of the first half of the Bucs' 25-12 loss at Indianapolis Nov. 29. The next day, he had what the team described as a 'minor procedure,' on his hand and did not play in Sunday's 23-19 win over Atlanta. The Bucs also are likely to be without defensive end Jacquies Smith (hamstring). McCoy and Smith have combined for for 13 of the Bucs' 29 sacks this season.  

McCoy said he would have no problem wearing a cast on his hand in the game.

"Just day to day. We'll see what happens,'' McCoy said. "I mean, if they'll allow me to play, I want to be out there. But I wanted to play last week and that didn't happen.

"I played like that last year. Football is football. It's crunch time and you've got to go. There's no excuses. If I'm out there, let's go.''

But Frazier didn't sound too optimistic about McCoy's chances.

"We're probably still going to be missing some guys,'' Frazier said. "We won't be where we want to be from a health standpoint and that gives some other guys an opportunity. But we will be close to having just about everybody back. But still, there's a couple guys we'd like to have that won't be playing in that ballgame.''

[Last modified: Thursday, December 10, 2015 1:27pm]

    

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