Buccaneers keep rolling on despite injuries

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have made their latest moves to shore up the roster following more injuries.

Linebacker Tyrone McKenzie and defensive end George Johnson were promoted from the practice squad to take the place of first-round draft pick Gerald McCoy and linebacker Quincy Black, who were both lost for the season in Sunday’s victory at Washington.

McCoy, who had been playing well in the last month or so, suffered a triceps injury. The third overall pick from Oklahoma got off to a slow start, but as the team continued to play well, his play came on. He had three sacks in the previous three games. Black suffered a broken arm.

"I felt bad for Gerald because he had played so well,'' general manager Mark Dominik said, according to the St. Petersburg Times. "Last week he didn't have the stats, but he had really been playing better and better every week. And when you're team right now, where we're at, you're frustrated you can't be a part of where it can go. That's really the hard part. For Quincy, too.''

Per the report, the Bucs have now lost six starters in the last three games. They started five rookies on offense against the Redskins and quarterback Josh Freeman, of course, is in his second season.

“That's what's so exciting about this team,'' Dominik said. "Coach does such a great job of getting these guys ready to go. Some people wonder why we travel practice squad players. We travel them and get them prepared so when their day comes up to play in the game, they haven't not been on a road trip, they haven't not slept in a hotel, they've been in the meetings.”

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