"I'm fine," McCoy said Thursday.
With that, the Bucs' defense could breathe a collective sigh of relief.
McCoy, a three-time Pro Bowl player, sustained an apparent right arm injury late in the fourth quarter of a Week 2 victory over the New Orleans Saints. But there seems to be no need to worry about McCoy's health as the Bucs continue preparations for the Houston Texans.
"Big-time relief," Bucs defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said, flashing a grin of his own. "Gerald is the heart and soul of what we do on defense. So that's a hard guy to replace. I don't know if we could replace him."
It would be hard. McCoy can be a force for offensive lines to handle, as evidenced by his 25 sacks since 2012, the most by an NFL defensive tackle in the span. With 29 career sacks, McCoy needs four more to tie former defensive tackle Brad Culpepper for sixth place on the Bucs' all-time list.
Despite a brief scare last Sunday, McCoy will receive a chance to add to his total in Houston. That's positive news for coaches and teammates alike.
"I'm glad that he's going to be ready to go when the time comes," Frazier said. "But big relief."
Crisis averted, indeed.