Gerald McCoy returning to work

The 2011 season starts Tuesday for one member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who had his rookie season cut short by a biceps injury that required surgery, was cleared Monday to begin working out, according to Kelli Masters, one of McCoy’s agents. He will head to San Diego on Tuesday, where he plans to spend the offseason working with renowned trainer Todd Durkin.

New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees and Tampa Bay tight end Kellen Winslow also have used Durkin as their personal trainer.

Masters said McCoy will continue to do some rehab work on the biceps, but the injury is completely healed. She said McCoy has decided he wants to focus on adding upper body strength.

“Gerald’s whole goal in going there is to get stronger,’’ Masters said. “He feels that’s what he needs to work on. He wants to add upper-body strength to do the job he wants to do next season.’’