TAMPA — The challenge for the Bucs last week was traveling 3,000 miles to play the 49ers with one fewer day of rest. That clearly didn’t go too well after a 48-3 loss, tied for worst in franchise history.
The challenge this week might be trying to defeat NFC South rival New Orleans without two of their top players.
Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is week to week because of a left ankle sprain, coach Raheem Morris said. And running back LeGarrette Blount could miss Sunday’s game with a left knee injury.
“Right now, I’m not real motivated to say (McCoy’s) going to definitely play this week,” Morris said Monday. “But I’m not ready to count him out, either.
“I don’t want to rule (Blount) out, but I’m not looking at him. It is what it is. Next man up. I’d like to get more detailed information on him. I’ll call him day to day.”
McCoy was injured with less than a minute left in the first quarter while trying to tackle 49ers running back Frank Gore. A pile of players rolled into McCoy and his left ankle bent backward. He did not return.
Morris said he would move Brian Price to nose tackle and put Frank Okam in McCoy’s place if McCoy can’t play. And he said rookie Da’Quan Bowers could fill McCoy’s spot on passing downs. Defensive end George Johnson was added to the roster.