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Bucs lose DT Gerald McCoy and LB Quincy Black for season



The Bucs lost two more starters on defense in Sunday's 17-16 win over the Redskins.

Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, the third overall pick in the draft, suffered a torn right bicep on the third play of the game Sunday and is out for the season. Linebacker Quincy Black also suffered a broken arm in the second half and will join McCoy on Injured Reserve.

"I was reaching out, I came down on a zone block and he turned upfield and I was reaching out for the tackle,'' McCoy said. "My arm just got caught and it tore. 

"You can't get down on yourself, you've just got to see what happens. Keep fighting. I'm not a quitter. I don't really let anything slow me down. I keep on pushing. Somebody goes down, somebody has to step up.''

McCoy entered the game having recorded three sacks in his last three games. 

"I felt bad for Gerald because he had played so well,'' general manager Mark Dominik said. "Last week he didn't have the stats, but he had really been playing better and better every week. And when you're team right now, where we're at, you're frustrated you can't be a part of where it can go. That's really the hard part. For Quincy, too.''

The Bucs have lost six starters in the last three games -- G Davin Joseph (broken foot) and S Cody Grimm (broken leg) at Baltmore, center Jeff Faine (tricep) and CB Aqib Talib (torned tendon) last week against Atlanta and McCoy and Black on Sunday.

"That's what's so exciting about this team,'' Dominik said. "Coach does such a great job of getting these guys ready to go.

"Some people wonder why we travel practice squad players. We travel them and get them prepared so when their day comes up to play in the game, they haven't not been on a road trip, they haven't not slept in a hotel, they've been in the meetings. All that is not new to them. That was our mindset going into the season when we started traveling practice squad players.''


[Last modified: Sunday, December 12, 2010 5:20pm]


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