TAMPA — The Bucs might not be without their best player on defense for long.
Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy has a left calf strain, an MRI exam revealed, and the injury apparently was not serious enough Wednesday to rule McCoy out of Monday's game at Carolina. But his status was "a wait-and-see deal," the team said.
McCoy was injured in the first half of Sunday's 27-7 loss to the Broncos and had to be helped to the sideline. After the game, the four-time Pro Bowl player was wearing a walking boot on his left leg, and he was not at practice Monday.
The Bucs have been plagued by injuries to their defensive line. End Robert Ayers missed the past two games with an ankle injury. Rookie end Noah Spence had to leave Sunday's game with a right shoulder injury and did not practice Monday. The Bucs lost end Jacquies Smith to a season-ending torn ACL in the season opener at Atlanta.
Dolphins prep for hurricane: The Dolphins hadn't discussed moving Sunday's home game against the Titans to Nashville because of Hurricane Matthew, the team said. The Dolphins did decide to close their headquarters to all personnel today because of the storm expected to hit Florida's east coast starting tonight.
Newton sits in practice: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton missed practice with a concussion, raising concerns about his availability for Monday night's game against the Bucs. The league's reigning MVP remains in the concussion protocol, three days after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit from linebacker Deion Jones in a 48-33 loss to the Falcons. Neither Panthers coach Ron Rivera nor Newton spoke to reporters.
Derek Anderson will start for Carolina if Newton can't play. Anderson is 2-0 as a starter since joining the Panthers in 2011. Both victories came against the Bucs in 2014. Anderson declined to comment.
Talib MIGHT still face discipline over shooting: Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib could still face discipline from the league for a shooting in Dallas in which a bullet pierced his right leg, even if he won't be charged. Dallas police confirmed a Dallas TV station report that Talib, 30, shot himself June 5, saying Talib's attorney had provided a letter "that stated Aqib Talib admitted he shot himself accidentally." Said Talib: "I cannot even worry about it. I got my hands full with enough already." NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Talib's case was under review.
Drug added to test list: The NFL and Players Association have added synthetic marijuana to the list of substances for which players are tested in the drug-testing procedures.
Broncos: Rookie quarterback Paxton Lynch ran the offense at practice, with Austin Davis also getting work while Trevor Siemian watched from the sideline and gave his bruised left shoulder, hurt against the Bucs on Sunday, another day to heal. Siemian said he hoped to practice today and planned to play Sunday against the Falcons.
Chargers: Pro Bowl cornerback Jason Verrett said he has a torn his left ACL, needs surgery and is out for the season. Rookie defensive end Joey Bosa, the No. 3 pick overall in this year's draft, was a full participant at practice for the first time and said he hoped to make his NFL debut Sunday at Oakland.
Jets: Safety Calvin Pryor was fined nearly $25,000 for his tackle of Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin on Sunday. He said he planned to appeal.
Redskins: Cornerback Josh Norman was fined $10,000 by the NFL for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty called against him for drawing an imaginary bow and arrow during Sunday's victory against the Browns. Norman said he will appeal the fine.
Information from Times wires was used in this report.