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In McCoy's absence, Bucs will have to add a DT



The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have to add a defensive tackle to the roster after Gerald McCoy was lost for the remainder of the season with a torn biceps muscle, head coach Raheem Morris said during Monday's weekly news conference.

McCoy was injured in the first quarter of Sunday's 27-16 loss in New Orleans, marking the second consecutive year he has suffered a season-ending injury. Last year, he tore a biceps in his left arm; this year it was a right biceps.

McCoy was injured when he reached around a blocker to try to make a tackle in the backfield, Morris said.

"It was an opportunity -- he got off the ball and he had a chance to make a play on the back,'' Morris said.  "He kind of reached out rather than putting his face in there.  You’ve got to move into the ball and sky your eyes and hit on contact.  He reached at the guy.  It’s a common mistake, you come off the block and reach for the guy.''

Morris said the Bucs will miss the explosiveness with which McCoy gets off the ball and disruption he causes in the middle of the line.

T he Bucs tried to get by with a defensive tackle-by-committee approach on Sunday. With tackle Frank Okam out with a calf injury, ends Da'Quan Bowers and George Johnson spelled tackles Brian Price and Roy Miller.

"That was rough,'' Morris said.

Morris said he hopes to get Okam back for this weekend's game against the Houston Texans.

The torn biceps is the third significant injury of McCoy's two-year NFL career. Before being injured on Sunday, McCoy was returning from a two-game absence due to an ankle injury.

"That’s football,” Morris said.  "(Quarterback) Matt Stafford missed two seasons for the Detroit Lions and he’s probably playing his best football right now.  (McCoy)’s got to come back, he’s got to rehab, he’s got to get his mind right and come back ready to play, and be ready to play a 16-game season.''

[Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 1:05pm]


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