Banged-up Bucs will have resiliency tested

Posted Dec. 14, 2010 @ 12:47 a.m.
Posted By Dan Parr

A botched extra-point attempt by the Redskins with nine seconds left in the fourth quarter helped the Buccaneers improve to 8-5 in a 17-16 win Sunday, but Tampa Bay lost two more starters to season-ending injuries in the game. Head coach Raheem Morris confirmed Monday that DT Gerald McCoy and SLB Quincy Black will be placed on injured reserve.

The injuries have piled up quickly for the Bucs, who will have placed seven starters (McCoy, Black, C Jeff Faine, S Cody Grimm, ORG Davin Joseph, DE Kyle Moore and CB Aqib Talib) on I.R. over the past few weeks once McCoy and Black are officially added to the list.

McCoy, the third overall pick in this year's draft, will undergo surgery to repair a torn left biceps. Black suffered a broken arm.

WLB Geno Hayes was charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct early Monday morning, but Morris said he will play against Detroit in Week 15.

The PFW spin

Despite all the injuries, a 10-win season is still very possible for the Bucs. They'll need some help to get into the postseason — Tampa Bay would not make it in if the season ended today — and will be relying on little-known players like Michael Bennett and Frank Okam to help fill the void left by McCoy, who had improved quite a bit since the season began. Seventh-round pick Dekoda Watson and fourth-year veteran Adam Hayward, who have each started a game this season, will share snaps in place of Black.

It's far from an ideal situation heading into a critical stretch of games, but the remaining schedule shapes up pretty well for the Bucs.

They have home games against the Lions (3-10) and Seahawks (6-7), who just gave up 40 points in a loss to the 49ers, before they'll travel to face the Saints (10-3) in Week 17.

The Bucs haven't won more than nine games in a season since 2005, and to do it — whether a playoff spot comes with it or not — with such a young roster would speak to this team's resiliency.