Make us your home page

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

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers could be without Gerald McCoy, LeGarrette Blount against New Orleans Saints

TAMPA — The challenge for the Bucs last week was traveling 3,000 miles to play the 49ers with one fewer day of rest. That clearly didn't go too well after a 48-3 loss, tied for worst in franchise history.

The challenge this week might be trying to defeat NFC South rival New Orleans without two of their top players.

Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is week to week because of a left ankle sprain, coach Raheem Morris said. And running back LeGarrette Blount could miss Sunday's game with a left knee injury.

"Right now, I'm not real motivated to say (McCoy's) going to definitely play this week," Morris said Monday. "But I'm not ready to count him out, either.

"I don't want to rule (Blount) out, but I'm not looking at him. It is what it is. Next man up. I'd like to get more detailed information on him. I'll call him day to day."

McCoy was injured with less than a minute left in the first quarter while trying to tackle 49ers running back Frank Gore. A pile of players rolled into McCoy and his left ankle bent backward. He did not return.

Morris said he would move Brian Price to nose tackle and put Frank Okam in McCoy's place if McCoy can't play. And he said rookie Da'Quan Bowers could fill McCoy's spot on passing downs. Defensive end George Johnson was added to the roster.

Blount left in the third quarter after making a 29-yard catch and getting tackled at the knees by safety Dashon Goldson. If Blount can't play, Earnest Graham will get the bulk of the carries. Kregg Lumpkin and Allen Bradford will play too. In five games, Blount has 77 carries for 328 yards, both tops on the team, and has three touchdowns. Graham has 18 carries for 84 yards. Bradford and Lumpkin have a combined seven carries.

"We've got some guys who are capable of running the football," Morris said. "Hopefully they'll show that this week."

McCoy has 11 tackles this season and one sack. But he brings more to the team than just statistics, Morris said.

"He's certainly been a catalyst for how we play," Morris said. "With McCoy, we've lost our engine a little bit. We've got to have somebody else pick it up."

Tampa Bay Buccaneers could be without Gerald McCoy, LeGarrette Blount against New Orleans Saints 10/10/11 [Last modified: Monday, October 10, 2011 10:23pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Bucs-Bills: Social media reactions to the Bucs' 30-27 loss


    Here's a sampling of reactions from the media and fans to the Bucs' 30-27 loss Sunday at Buffalo:

    Buffalo Bills kicker Stephen Hauschka (4) is mobbed by teammates after kicking the game-winning field goal late in the fourth quarter. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  2. Buccaneers-Bills: A by-the-numbers look at Tampa Bay's 30-27 loss


    Here's a by-the-numbers look at the Bucs' 30-27 loss at Buffalo on Sunday:


    Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) screams in jubilation after running for a first down late in the fourth quarter. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  3. Bucs-Bills roundtable: Deonte Thompson's late catch spelled 'instant disaster' for Bucs


    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Adam Humphries' fumble led to the Bills' game-winning field goal in Tampa Bay's 30-27 loss Sunday at Buffalo. But the Bills' first play after the Bucs finally took the lead was almost as deadly.

    The Buffalo Bills' Deonte Thompson (10) catches a pass in front of Bucs cornerback Brent Grimes (24) during the first half. [AP photo]
  4. Bucs-Bills: Instant analysis from the Bucs' 30-27 loss


    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Here's the Tampa Bay Times' Bucs coverage team's instant analysis from the Bucs' 30-27 loss at Buffalo:


    Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Matt Milano (58) intercepts a Jameis Winston (3) pass intended for tight end Cameron Brate (84) during the first half. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  5. Bucs overcome 11-point deficit, then allow game to slip away, 30-27, to Bills


    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — In less than a minute, a hard-fought win — and perhaps much more — slipped away from the Bucs, who gave up 10 points in the final four minutes and lost to the Bills, …

    Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) tries to turn the corner as Bucs outside linebacker Lavonte David (54) forces him out of bounds during the first half. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]