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Bucs' Gerald McCoy to be evaluated further after possible serious injury



UPDATE, 9:32 p.m.: We've just learned the latest on Gerald McCoy. It appears his ankle is not broken based on the early diagnosis. He likely has a pretty badly sprained ankle, however.

9:18 pm.: Bucs DT Gerald McCoy will be examined further in Tampa today after sustaining what appeared to be serious left ankle injury against the 49ers.

McCoy, while engaged with another defender during a first-quarter play, had another player fall on the back of his leg, falling to ground while his leg was trapped below a mass of bodies.

He returned to the sidelines later in crutches and with a walking boot on his foot, but team officials said they did not immediately know the extent of his injury. An MRI exam is expected to be performed upon the team's arrival back in Tampa.

McCoy’s loss was significant and presumably played a role in 49ers RB Frank Gore breaking out with a 125-yard performance.

McCoy missed the final four games of last season with a torn biceps muscle and was not fully recovered until late summer. If the 2010 third overall draft choice misses an extended period because of this injury, "We would lose a leader. He brings a lot of energy," NT Brian Price said.

"But I have a lot of faith that he’ll be back. That’s our guy. We’re counting on him."

Coach Raheem Morris didn’t obsess over what would be a significant loss to his defense.

"Whoever’s healthy will play," he said.

[Last modified: Sunday, October 9, 2011 9:34pm]


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