Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Bucs' McCoy to play Sunday with cast on hand

TAMPA — Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy had surgery last week to repair his fractured left hand but will play today against the Saints.

Although coach Lovie Smith called it a "minor procedure," McCoy had a plate and several screws inserted into the hand he broke Nov. 29 at Indianapolis.

McCoy, who leads the team with seven sacks, will wear a cast on his hand. His return is timely for a defense that will be without starting middle linebacker Kwon Alexander, who is serving a four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

Linebacker Lavonte David aggravated an ankle sprain in practice Wednesday but will play today.

SHULA WANTS PERFECTION: Hall of Fame coach Don Shula said he's hoping the Panthers become the second NFL team to go undefeated and win a championship. Shula's 1972 Dolphins were the first, going 17-0 and winning the title. But the reason he's rooting for Carolina?

"I have special interest in the Carolina Panthers because my son Mike is the offensive coordinator," Shula said Friday at a gala in Hollywood, Fla., celebrating the Dolphins' 50th anniversary. "I hope they equal or surpass what we were able to do. If it happens on a team that Mike was a part of, I would be very proud of that."

Shula, 85, knows some his former players don't share the sentiment: "I don't tell them that. I just say it to people that don't have a vested interest."

"Obviously we're paying a great deal of attention … all of us," said former running back Larry Csonka, 68, a member of the '72 team. "It's kind of a split decision. If it was just the Panthers, of course I'd be opposed. … When there's a Shula with them, that's a different story."

Mike Shula played one season for the Bucs (1987) and later was offensive coordinator (1996-99).

GIVING SEASON GETS UGLY: Former Giants defensive tackle Damontre Moore says an altercation with a teammate over free headphones led to his release. The incident started when receiver Odell Beckham provided free Beats by Dre headphones to the team, according to multiple reports. Moore got upset with veteran defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins, who reportedly grabbed two pair, according to reports. "I definitely could have handled it better by just obviously walking away," Moore, a 2013 third-round pick, said on ESPN Radio. Moore said that was not the only reason he was let go, though he said he had ongoing issues with Jenkins.

Bucs' McCoy to play Sunday with cast on hand 12/12/15 [Last modified: Saturday, December 12, 2015 9:27pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. The legacy of Tim Tebow's baseball summer

    Minors

    CLEARWATER — It was about three weeks ago. A Saturday night. I sat behind home plate at a Charlotte Stone Crabs game at Charlotte Sports Park. There was a professional baseball scout sitting just behind me with a speed gun in his hand. He had seen the whole thing.

    Seth Bosch, left, of Punta Gorda, Fla., met Tim Tebow in Port Charlotte, Fla., in late July when Tebow, while in the on-deck circle during a game, shook hands with Seth through the backstop screen. The moment was captured on video by Seth's mother, as was the home run Tebow promptly hit in his ensuing at bat. Seth, who has high-functioning autism and other health issues, celebrated wildly and the video went viral. PHOTO PROVIDED
  2. Cannon Fodder podcast: Previewing Bucs-Jaguars

    Blogs

    Greg Auman previews the Bucs' preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars and talks about the $26,000 Bucs rookie dinner tab that wasn't in our latest Bucs Cannon Fodder podcast. Listen below:

    Charles Sims runs with the ball during the Bucs' game against the Jaguars last season.
  3. Plenty of unfinished business for Mitchell volleyball

    Volleyball Preps

    TRINITY — Their previous trip to New Smyrna Beach turned out to be a joyride, resulting in the Mitchell Mustangs' first spot in the state volleyball semifinals.

    Mitchell High school’s Jessie Mooney serves the ball during the 6A State High School Championship volleyball finals game against  Jensen Beach High School at the Venue on the UCF campus in Orlando.
(11/14/2015  WILLIE J. ALLEN JR.]
  4. Charles Bottoms, right, with his wife, Annie, wore the Tim Tebow Broncos jersey to Steinbrenner Field "only because I didn't want to wear my good (signed Gators) Tebow one." [RYAN ROMANO | Times]