It sure looked as if something was up with Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy on Thursday. Though he dressed out for the last official workout of training camp, he didn’t participate in very many drills.
Well, as it turns out, McCoy may indeed be just one step away from joining the Bucs floppy hat brigade, because Florida Football Insiders has confirmed that McCoy appears to be dealing with some groin and pelvis soreness.
Like the injuries that linebacker Kwon Alexander (left hamstring), right tackle Demar Dotson (groin) and wide receiver Mike Evans (undisclosed) are fighting right now, the Bucs don’t believe this is a serious issue, but they definitely want to keep it that way.
It’s quite likely then that, just as we pointed out yesterday, McCoy will probably be among those who are asked to sit out the team’s supposedly all-important third preseason game, Saturday night against the Browns at Raymond James Stadium.
One of the primary objectives all teams shoot during training camp and the preseason is to stay healthy. Everyone knows it’s impossible to do that, but the Bucs have so far been very fortunate with injuries and so there’s no sense in taking any unnecessary risks.
Don’t be surprised then if several starters, including Alexander, Dotson, Evans and yes, McCoy, all sit out this game. Sure, they all need the snaps to get into game shape but the Bucs have to think big picture here, especially when it comes to top-level players.
The good news, of course is that the Bucs still have two weeks to get healthy before they have to play a game that matters. The key now is to make sure those nagging little injuries remain at worst, nagging little injuries and don’t turn into something more serious.
There are few players the Bucs can afford to lose and right along with quarterback Jameis Winston, McCoy, their five-time Pro Bowler and perennial sack leader is one of them.