by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (9/19/14) Buccaneers defensive lineman Gerald McCoy told the Tampa Tribune Friday he thinks he might end up missing just one game as a result of a broken hand, after sitting out Thursday's loss to the Falcons.
McCoy is targeting a return to action in Week 4 against the Steelers, noting that his hand is in a splint, not a cast. The extra time off following Thursday's game could give him a better chance of returning next Sunday.
Buccaneers DST non-existent Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (9/19/14) The Buccaneers DST treated Thursday's game more like a practice.
Tampa allowed 56 points during the contest. While the team was put in poor positions due to offensive turnovers, Tampa Bay did nothing to stop the Falcons. The situation got so severe that the Falcons pulled most of their offensive studs less than halfway into the third quarter.
Tampa Bay did make some noise late, scoring a touchdown on a T.J. Yates interception. They managed one sack, and forced four fumbles.
The Buccaneers will take on the Steelers Week 4.
Report: Gerald McCoy expected to be inactive
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (9/18/14) The Buccaneers are not planning to play defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (broken hand) Thursday against the Falcons, sources told NFL.com.
Gerald McCoy expected to be game-time decision Thursday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (9/16/14) Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said he will be a game-time decision for Week 3 against the Falcons. McCoy suffered a broken left hand Sunday against the Rams.
"Most of it is pain tolerance, whether I can tolerate it or not," McCoy said, per ESPN. "As much as you want to be out there, you also want to be smart because the risk of missing a game or a couple of games as opposed to the risk of the rest of the season, it's not worth it.''
A sleeper DST in Tampa Bay? After the spending the Bucs did this offseason it sure looks that way. An already talented defense added pass rushing end Michael Johnson and cornerback Alterraun Verner, among other lesser-notable players. The unit will be coached up by Lovie Smith, who ran a number of stellar Bears defenses for years. There are still some weak spots, especially in the secondary now that Darrelle Revis is gone, and the schedule is no cupcake, but this is going to be a defense that should improve at sacking the quarterback and continue slamming on the run. That should lead to a lot of good weeks. We'd gamble on the Bucs right out of the gate, especially since they host the Panthers' dressed-down offense in Week 1 and the Rams in Week 2.