TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy suffered a calf injury in the second quarter Sunday against the Denver Broncos and was ruled out for the remainder of the game.
McCoy had just split a sack with defensive end William Gholston. He attempted to leave the field before collapsing to his knee. Once on the sideline, McCoy took off his shoe and attempted to put weight on the leg but couldn't. Grimacing, he limped to the locker room with a trainer.
At the end of the first half, rookie Noah Spence, a second-round draft pick, left the game with a shoulder injury. He has been ruled out for the remainder of the game, as has tight end Brandon Myers, who has a hip injury.
The Bucs have a long list of injuries at key positions, including running back Doug Martin, who suffered a hamstring injury in Week 2 against the Arizona Cardinals. Lead blocker Luke Stocker has missed the last two games with an ankle injury while wide receiver Cecil Shorts III has also missed the last two games with a hamstring injury.
On the defensive line alone, the Bucs are without starting right defensive end Robert Ayers, who has missed the last two weeks with an ankle injury. Pass rush specialist Jacquies Smith suffered a torn ACL prior to the season.