TAMPA — Bucs DT Gerald McCoy, who has a torn right biceps, said he's ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation and hopes to resume weightlifting in the next two weeks.
"My arm is not supposed to be able to rotate as much as it can, but it is," McCoy said. "That's all God's doing. I'm just hanging in there."
McCoy sustained a season-ending injury Nov. 6 at New Orleans, marking consecutive seasons ended with a similar injury. In December 2010, McCoy sustained a torn left biceps. The 2010 No. 3 overall draft choice has played 19 out of a possible 29 games (he also missed time this season with a high ankle sprain).
He said the biceps injuries are not a coincidence. Doctors have attributed it, in part, to genetics.
"After it's surgically put back together and it heals up, it's very rare for it to tear again," McCoy said. "But they think it's kind of a hereditary thing, for it to happen to both arms. It's rare to see, but it did. … My left arm's stronger than ever and my right arm will be the same."
Having surgery to repair the tear is a preferable option, McCoy said. His positive outcome on the left biceps gives him hope.
"When you have surgery, all doctors will tell you that it will be stronger than it was before," he said. "I haven't had any complications with my left (biceps), so I'm feeling real positive about that."
McCoy said his recovery last season took roughly six months and he expects a similar track this time.
MORE INJURY UPDATES: Coach Raheem Morris said CB Aqib Talib (hamstring) practiced Tuesday, an encouraging sign that he'll play Saturday against the Cowboys. Talib left on the first series Dec. 4 against the Panthers when he aggravated his nagging injury, and he missed Sunday's game against the Jaguars.
"He's one of those guys that's kind of different when it comes to healing and … getting better," Morris said. "He's fired up about playing."
Morris said DT Brian Price was limited after his ankle bothered him in warmups. WR Arrelious Benn suffered a mild concussion Sunday but had the required battery of tests and could play Saturday, Morris said.
BACK TO BASICS: The Bucs went through a longer practice, with a few extra periods added for coaches to emphasize fundamentals of tackling and ball security. Return men were included, after Preston Parker lost two fumbles on returns Sunday. "I just hope we can see the results when it comes on Saturday," Morris said.
NEED FOR MORE: Rookie DE Adrian Clayborn has had a productive season, leading the team with 6.5 sacks and 24 quarterback pressures. He's second in sacks by a rookie in franchise history behind Santana Dotson (10 in 1992). "It's been going all right," the first-round pick said. "But I have high standards for myself, so I expect to be a lot further along than I am right now."
NEW GUYS: The team signed DE Nick Reed, who played seven games for the Bears before his release last month. Reed is a 2009 seventh-round pick of the Seahawks. The Bucs used three vacant practice squad spots to sign DT Lamar Divens, OT Mike Ingersoll and FB Austin Sylvester.