Bucs may have to go without Gerald McCoy

NEW ORLEANS – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers might have to finish a second consecutive season without defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.

He suffered an arm injury in Sunday’s loss to the Saints and early reports out of the locker room suggest McCoy could be out for the rest of the season. McCoy had just returned from missing two games with an ankle injury. He missed the final three games of last season with an arm injury.

If the Bucs are without McCoy, the No. 3 overall pick in 2010, their depth on the defensive line will be tested. McCoy had been starting next to Brian Price, a second-round draft pick from last year. Price has been playing well and Roy Miller likely would slide in next to him in the starting lineup.

Reserve defensive tackle Frank Okam sat out Sunday’s game with a calf injury. Rookie defensive end Da’Quan Bowers also can slide inside in certain situations, but the Bucs likely will have to sign a defensive tackle if McCoy is lost for the season.