The status of Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy for next week's Monday Night Football matchup against the Carolina Panthers is in jeopardy because of a calf injury, according to coach Dirk Koetter.
McCoy suffered the injury in Sunday's loss to the Denver Broncos. He and rookie defensive end Noah Spence, who suffered a shoulder injury, left the game in the first half and did not return. After the game, McCoy was seen with a walking boot on his left leg, and Spence had his right arm in a sling. Tight end Brandon Myers also left the game with a hip injury and did not return.
The three players are undergoing MRIs to determine the severity of the injuries, and Koetter said he hopes to know more Tuesday.
"We don't know exactly, as I stand up here right now, but there's a chance [McCoy misses time], and obviously, when you lose a player like Gerald for any amount of time, it hurts," Koetter said. "He's usually going to draw a double-team."
The Bucs are already without running back Doug Martin because of a hamstring injury. Defensive end Robert Ayers (ankle), tight end Luke Stocker (ankle) and wide receiver/kick returner Cecil Shorts III (hamstring) are also out.