McCoy, Bucs weigh risk-reward of playing with broken hand
Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy had no wrap or cast on his broken left hand, but he and the Bucs still are weighing whether he should play Thursday at Atlanta and risk further injury.
Working against McCoy and the Bucs is the short turnaround before their game against the Falcons and the belief that a cast would limit the use of his hand and productivity.
"We're trying to figure out the best way to keep it protected,'' McCoy said Tuesday. "Obviously, it's better if I'm out there but still a long season.
"It can always get worse. That's the risk of going out there Thursday...time is very short this week, so not having a full week to recover is definitely working against me but I'm a fighter...Most of it is pain tolerance, but as much as you want to be out there, you also want to be smart.''
McCoy was injured on the Bucs' eighth defensive play against the Rams Sunday trying to beat a double-team. He returned briefly in the second quarter but said "I couldn't feel my hand.''