Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting defensive tackle Gerald McCoy will miss the remainder of the season with a torn biceps in his right arm, coach Raheem Morris said Monday.
McCoy was injured during Sunday’s loss to the New Orleans Saints. His 2010 season also ended early because of a torn biceps in his left arm.
Morris said he isn’t worried about the 23-year-old McCoy’s durability.
“That’s football. Matt Stafford missed two seasons for the Detroit Lions and he’s probably playing his best football right now,” Morris said, according to the team’s website. “He’s got to come back, he’s got to rehab, he’s got to get his mind right and come back ready to play, and be ready to play a 16-game season.”
McCoy had just returned to the lineup after missing Tampa Bay’s previous two games with an ankle injury. He did not have a tackle against the Saints before being taken out of the game.
Morris said the team likely would add a defensive lineman to the roster to help with depth at the position after McCoy’s injury.
The former Oklahoma star was selected third overall by the Bucs in 2010, making him the franchise’s highest-drafted interior lineman since they took Warren Sapp 12th overall in 1995. McCoy finished with three sacks and 22 tackles in 13 games as a rookie.
The Bucs remain a wild-card playoff contender despite falling to 4-4 after Sunday’s loss. They are third in the NFC South standings.