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Bucs DT Gerald McCoy offers optimistic update on injury

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December

Injured defensive tackle Gerald McCoy offered an update today on his torn right biceps, saying he’s ahead of schedule in his rehab and hopes to resume weight lifting in the next two weeks.

“My arm is not supposed to be able to rotate as much as it can, but it is,” McCoy said. “That’s all God’s doing. I’m just hanging in there.”

McCoy suffered the season-ending injury Nov. 6 at New Orleans, making it the second consecutive season his year ended with a similar injury. In December 2010, McCoy sustained a torn left biceps. The 2010 No. 3 overall draft choice has played just 19 out of a possible 29 games in his short career (he missed time earlier this season with a high ankle sprain).

His belief is that the biceps injuries are not a coincidence, saying doctors attributed it partly to genetics.

“After it’s surgically put back together and it heals up, it’s very rare for it to tear again,” McCoy said. “But they think it’s kind of a hereditary thing, for it to happen to both arms. It’s rare to see, but it did. I had my surgery. I’m healing up. My left arm’s stronger than ever and my right arm will be the same.”

Undergoing surgery to repair the tear is a preferable option, McCoy said. His positive outcome on the left biceps gives him hope.

“When you have surgery, all doctors will tell you that it will be stronger than it was before,” he said. “I haven’t had any complications with my left (biceps), so I’m feeling real positive about that.”

McCoy hopes to resume lifting weights in “a week and a half.”

”That’s about the (point) where I did last year,” he said. “Of course I won’t be as strong as I was (initially), but that’s the whole healing process. That’s why they say it takes six to 12 months to get back to full strength.”

McCoy said his recovery last season took roughly six months.

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 1:02pm]

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