Out for year: Bucs place DT McDonald on injured reserve
The Bucs have lost starting defensive tackle Clinton McDonald for the rest of the season, placing the veteran on injured reserve with a pectoral muscle injury he suffered in the loss at the Redskins.
McDonald had been one of the Bucs' best defenders against the run -- at the time of the injury, he led the team in tackles against the run, and was among the most productive defensive tackles in the NFL in total tackles. The Bucs started third-year pro Akeem Spence -- himself just in his second week back from a back injury -- on Sunday, and veterans Henry Melton and Tony McDaniel (out the last two games with a groin injury) should also take on larger roles in McDonald's absence.
By putting McDonald on injured reserve, the Bucs no longer need to drop a player to make room this week for right tackle Demar Dotson, who will be activated after missing seven games with a knee injury.