Wednesday, November 9, 2011

McCoy suffers new injury blow

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have moved quickly to replace Gerald McCoy, who is out for the season with a torn right bicep, by signing defensive tackle John McCargo.
McCargo, 28, spent five seasons with the Buffalo Bills before being released last year and was a free agent until being snapped up by the Buccaneers.

McCoy's time with the Bucs has been dominated by injuries since he was drafted third overall in 2010. The 23-year-old, who suffered the bicep injury in the first quarter of Sunday's 27-16 loss to New Orleans, picked up a similar problem in his left arm in a Week 14 game at Washington last season. The NFL betting online suggests he could be a big miss.

"It's football," Bucs coach Raheem Morris said of McCoy, who has four sacks in 19 career games. “He's got to come back, he's got to go rehab, he's got to get his mind right, come back ready to play and get ready to play a 16-game season."

In the four games McCoy has completed this season he has been impressive, the Bucs recording 10 of their 12 sacks when he has been playing. They held opposing rushers to 4.2 yards per carry as opposed to 5.3 when he has been sidelined.
The Bucs signed McCargo as McCoy's likely replacement, Frank Okam, is struggling with the calf injury he suffered in practice last week, although it is hoped he will be ready to play against the Houston Texans on Sunday.

At the halfway point of the season, Tampa Bay are third in the NFC South table having won four of their eight matches.

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