Early in Sunday’s 34-17 loss to the Lions, Tampa Bay defensive tackle went down with an injury that caused more than a few Bucs fans to hold their breath. McCoy was eventually helped off the field and later reemerged back in the game and played the majority of the remaining snaps.
Soon after the game was over a report from PFT.com cited a league source saying McCoy had suffered a dislocated kneecap against Detroit, but continued to play with it.
On Monday Bucs head coach Lovie Smith vehemently denied the report.
“Dislocated your kneecap and went back into the game,” Smith said. “This is that sources guy again? Citing a league source? There’s no truth to that. Gerald bruised his knee and stayed out a few plays and then went back in. We would not put Gerald McCoy back into the game…Gerald McCoy would not go back into the game if he could only play with one leg. So that’s not the case.”
Brandon Magee suffered a season-ending injury against Detroit and Lavonte David had a concussion in the game, and will go through the league-mandated protocol according to Smith.
“For Gerald, Lavonte and any of our players, if there is anything that we need to do to protect our players, we would always do that,” Smith said. “They would never go back out on the football field until we’re all 100 percent certain that it’s okay for them to come back out there. We won’t take any chances, we never have and we never will. Yes, Lavonte has started that process and we’ll see how it goes this week.”
Earlier on Monday, Tampa Bay placed Magee was placed on injured reserve and signed linebacker Jason Williams to take his roster spot. Williams (6-1, 245), originally entered the NFL as a third round draft selection (69th overall) by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2009 NFL Draft. In his six-year career, Williams has played in 57 games, with four starts, totaling 31 tackles, two forced fumbles, two passes defensed and one fumble recovery, while also tallying 26 special teams tackles. He has also played in one postseason game.
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I like how PFT uses “league source” instead of “team source.” I have no doubt McCoy probably hurt his knee, but if it’s something that could possibly be a significant injury, than why would the Bucs endanger a guy who is the team’s FRANCHISE player and just got $51 million guaranteed?
Risking that would be idiotic.
I agree, I can’t in a million years believe it. I am not saying PFT didn’t have a source, I am sure they did, but is it even possible to play with a dislocated kneecap?
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