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According to Pewter Report, the Buccaneers "look set on their starting front four" on defense, with Jacquies Smith and George Johnson at end and Gerald McCoy and Clinton McDonald inside. Smith flashed with 6.5 sacks over the final 9 games last season, while Johnson delivered 6 sacks in part-time duty with the Lions after 0 over the previous 4. McCoy ranks among the league's top DTs and led the Bucs with 8.5 sacks last season, while McDonald stepped up to produce 6 top-12 fantasy weeks among D-linemen. There's some fantasy-sleeper potential here, though it's an unproven line overall for Bucs team purposes.

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8 months ago

The Bucs placed DT Gerald McCoy on IR Monday after he suffered a knee sprain in Sunday's loss to the Panthers. McCoy reportedly won't need surgery on the joint, which should mean that he'll be fine for a normal offseason once things really get going in March.

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Bucs DT Gerald McCoy left the game at Carolina in the 1st quarter with a right knee injury. That's the same knee he hurt last week, but he played through and started in Week 15. The team announced that he's doubtful to return vs. the Panthers. We'll check on the extent of McCoy's injury once more goes public.

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Buccaneers LB Lavonte David (concussion) and DT Gerald McCoy (knee) are active for today's game at Carolina. Both had been questionable but expected to play. The Bucs won't, however, have DT Clinton McDonald (hamstring) or LB Mason Foster (Achilles'). Both are inactive but not huge losses for IDP owners. Go ahead and use David and McCoy as you normally would. Foster's continued absence should also keep LB Danny Lansanah a solid fantasy play.

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Pro Football Talk reports that Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy dislocated his right kneecap in Sunday's loss at Detroit ... and then returned and played the rest of the game with the injury. We'll see how he looks this week and whether he'll remain on track to play at Carolina next Sunday.

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11 months ago

Bucs DE Michael Johnson is active for the Week 4 matchup with the Steelers.  He entered today questionable because of the ankle sprain that has dogged him since the opener.  The injury makes Johnson a weak IDP option anyway.  Tampa will also have DE William Gholston and DT Gerald McCoy on the field as expected.  Each entered Sunday "probable."

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Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy is probable for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh.  He put in limited practices all week after sitting out Week 3's loss to the Falcons because of a broken hand.  McCoy will have to adjust to playing with a club on that hand, which has to hinder him at a position that depends so heavily on hand usage.  That has him lower in our IDP rankings than usual.  Bucs DE Michael Johnson is questionable on his sprained ankle despite playing last week and putting in limited practices Thursday and Friday.  We'd guess that he'll play, but Johnson has been ineffective since spraining the ankle back in Week 1.  Bucs MLB Mason Foster remains out with a shoulder injury.

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