Along with Doug Martin, Gerald McCoy has officially been ruled out of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday Night Football matchup against NFC South rival the Atlanta Falcons. McCoy suffered a fractured hand just a few days ago and has opted to rest it rather than playing on it after a short week.
The Bucs pro bowl defensive tackle had a few things to say about the injury on Thursday. “It can always get worse,” McCoy said, according to the Tampa Bay Times. “That’s the risk of going out there Thursday … time is very short this week, so not having a full week to recover is definitely working against me but I’m a fighter. … Most of it is pain tolerance, but as much as you want to be out there, you also want to be smart.”
The next guy in line to fill McCoy’s spot will be Da’Quan Bowers. Bowers was a highly touted prospect coming out of Clemson University but he is yet to live up to the predraft hype. With McCoy out, the Falcons will certainly look to pound the rock up the middle a little more than they have this year and we will see if Bowers can make an impact against Atlanta.