Fans in attendance at practice this afternoon got somewhat of a scare as Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 2010 first-round pick Gerald McCoy injured his right shoulder during the team’s full squad scrimmage.
McCoy was hurt about halfway through the workout making a pass-rush move during an 1-on-1 drill. He immediately removed his shoulder pads and was examined by Todd Toriscelli, the head trainer for the Bucs. Toriscelli and his staff wrapped McCoy’s shoulder in ice before taking him to the training room.
In his post-practice press conference head coach Raheem Morris talked about the injury, stating that McCoy’s injury is believed to be a strained right rotator cuff.
The injury is not believed to be serious.
“It’s nothing scary,” general manager Mark Dominik said. “He actually went back in there [to practice] for a while, but we decided to get him out of there.”
McCoy the third-overall pick in the 2010 draft started off slowly during his rookie season but was starting to put things together and become a force in the middle before a biceps tear against the Washington Redskins landed him on injured reserve. He missed the final three games in his rookie season. He recorded 43 tackles, six for loss, three sacks and one forced fumble before being sidelined.
Big things are expected from the second-year player, So far in camp, McCoy has been a defensive leader. Taking on a more prominent and vocal leadership role after spending the off-season focused on reshaping his body; Tampa Bay drafted Adrian Clayborn and Da’Quan Bowers to pair with McCoy in hopes of bolstering an anemic pass rush that generated 26 sacks last season.
McCoy’s current status, along with Brian Price still rounding his way back into shape after undergoing two surgeries to repair a pelvic fracture is diffidently cause for concern. What many believed was a promising unit with untapped potential is now shrouded in uncertainty. As McCoy, Price and Bowers, three key members of the defensive line all are recovering from different aliments.