TAMPA — So much for pairing rookies Gerald McCoy and Brian Price at defensive tackle this season.
That plan was scrapped Tuesday when the Bucs put Price on season-ending injured reserve with a pelvic stress fracture.
The injury requires surgery, but the Bucs think Price can return after the draft in April. He had been plagued by a recurring hamstring strain almost as soon he arrived as a second-round pick from UCLA. He signed a four-year, $5.35 million contract that included a $2.72 million signing bonus.
But Price missed a significant portion of the offseason workout program and was limited in training camp and the preseason.
The 6-foot-1, 303-pound Price has been inactive the past two games after an MRI exam that showed a significant amount of irritation around his hip. The Bucs hoped that complete rest would improve his condition, but the pain persisted.
"The ordinary person would not have been able to get out of a chair without severe pain," agent Chuck Price (no relation) said. "No one can ever question his toughness.
"Brian was able to get into a three-point stance (and) potentially take on 720 pounds of double teams. The amount of pain he was in had to be significant."
Price played five games and had six tackles, one for a loss, and three pressures. But the injury prevented him from playing enough to build much stamina.
The surgery requires putting a screw in his hip to prevent the fracture from becoming more severe, Chuck Price said.
MOSS MOVE OFFICIAL: The Associated Press reported that the Vikings officially waived receiver Randy Moss. Vikings coach Brad Childress told his players Monday that he intended to waive Moss. Teams have until 4 p.m. today to place a claim on Moss and can do so in inverse order of their record, starting with 0-7 Buffalo.
REPLAY ISSUE: The Steelers apparently didn't challenge a possible touchdown run by Rashard Mendenhall against the Saints on Sunday because their assistant coaches in the press box couldn't see the same replays seen by millions on TV. "Maybe we missed an opportunity there, but I don't think that's the reason we lost the football game," coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday. On a second-and-goal run from the 2-yard line, officials ruled Mendenhall didn't get the ball across the goal line before being brought down. NBC replays appeared to show the ball touching the goal line before he was tackled, but Tomlin didn't challenge. Pittsburgh settled for a field goal in a 20-10 loss at New Orleans.
CHARGERS: As expected, outside linebacker Shawne Merriman was waived three weeks after he went on injured reserve with a "minor injury" designation. The team said then that it would release Merriman once his calf healed. Also, receiver Craig "Buster" Davis (groin) is out for the season.
49ERS: Center Eric Heitmann was placed on injured reserve, and linebacker Thaddeus Gibson was picked up off waivers from the Steelers.
JAGUARS: The team signed offensive tackle Guy Whimper and released linebacker Eric Alexander.
PATRIOTS: Two-time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins reported, ending a holdout. Mankins, who wanted a contract extension, had stayed away since declining the team's tender by June 14.
REDSKINS: In the wake of Donovan McNabb's benching Sunday, and coach Mike Shanahan's variety of explanations for it, the team worked out quarterback JaMarcus Russell — a former No. 1 overall pick cut by Oakland in May. It was unclear whether Washington would sign Russell; the workout included other quarterbacks, and such tryouts for out-of-work players are common on Tuesdays. Meanwhile, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said McNabb was told in advance that he might get pulled if coaches felt the veteran was struggling. McNabb claimed otherwise in a radio interview, saying: "I didn't hear that part."
SEAHAWKS: Defensive end Red Bryant (right knee) and guard Ben Hamilton (concussion) went on injured reserve. Seattle signed former Texans defensive tackle Frank Okam.
TEXANS: The team cut defensive end Adewale Ogunleye.
Information from Times wires was used in this report.