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Breaking- Bucs McCoy says bicep doesn’t need surgery, may play Monday

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After seeing the emotion on Gerald McCoy’s face on the sideline Sunday when he left the loss to Lions in the first half with a biceps injury, everyone, including the Pro Bowler, feared the worst.

In fact, as we wrote Sunday night, McCoy told teammates he believed he was going to have to have surgery for the third time in his career and his season would be over.

Well, there’s a little good news for Bucs fans on Wednesday afternoon. McCoy met with media in the Bucs locker room and revealed that, for now, he won’t have surgery on the right arm and is attempting to rehab the injury.

When pressed on follow up on whether he would play Monday night against the Falcons, McCoy said, “I don’t know. Just rehabbin’….Gonna keep rehabbin’. Just take it day by day and see what happens.” He was asked if the injury has improved, since Sunday, and said smiling “I guess you could say that….if you would like to.”

Defensive coordinator Mike Smith met with the media next, and was asked about the five time Pro Bowler’s availability in the Atlanta rematch, “I’m hoping he’ll be able to play Monday, because we’re a much better team when he’s out there.”

McCoy did not practice Thursday and, as head coach Dirk Koetter said in his post-practice media session, there will be further evaluation over the next day or two, about whether he can suit up or not.

McCoy missed the end of both of his first two seasons with the Bucs with the same biceps injury to each arm. He had season ending surgery both times in 2010 and 2011.

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