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Sunday, December 12, 2010
Tampa Bay defense gets hit harder

By Pat Yasinskas

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got a nice win at Washington on Sunday, but they’re paying a big price for it.

The team said after the game that rookie defensive tackle Gerald McCoy will miss the rest of the season after suffering a biceps injury. This one hurts because McCoy, a first-round pick, had been coming on very strong in recent weeks and was helping make a defensive line that struggled early become respectable. The Bucs already lost fellow rookie and defensive tackle Brian Price to injury this season.

Roy Miller has been starting next to McCoy. The Bucs now might have to turn to another rookie to fill McCoy’s spot. Al Woods, who was drafted by New Orleans and cut in the preseason, has shown some promise since the Bucs added him in early November.

The bad news doesn’t end with McCoy’s injury. Coach Raheem Morris also said it’s likely linebacker Quincy Black will miss the rest of the season after suffering a broken arm. The Bucs aren't exactly loaded with depth at linebacker either. Rookie Dekoda Watson could be a candidate to take over for Black.

Tampa Bay’s defense previously had lost starting cornerback Aqib Talib and safety Cody Grimm to season-ending injuries.