The Bucs will try to keep their playoff hopes alive despite losing several starters, including rookie DT Gerald McCoy, to injured reserve over the past few weeks.
Bucs DT Gerald McCoy left the game in the first quarter with a biceps injury. Stephen Holder of the St. Petersburg Times is reporting that McCoy has a torn biceps and will likely be done for the year.
The Buccaneers' young defensive line still has a ways to go, but it's often shown promise this season and was a major difference maker against San Francisco.
The Bucs will reportedly place second-round pick DT Brian Price on injured reserve Tuesday.
It should be no surprise that the Bucs' defensive line is what could keep them from making as big of a leap as they would like this season.
Buccaneers rookie DT Gerald McCoy's admission this week that he is just now figuring out how his coaches want him to play his position was alarming to some observers.
Tampa Bay used Gerald McCoy at four different positions on the D-line in Week One and he's expected to continue moving from spot-to-spot throughout the season.
The Buccaneers have reached agreement on a contract with first-round draft pick Gerald McCoy, NFL Network is reporting, which says it's a five-year deal worth a maximum of $63 million with incentives, including $35 million in guaranteed money.
The 2010 performances of Gerald McCoy and Josh Freeman — or "the mountains of Tampa," as GM Mark Dominik calls them — could determine the futures of the Buccaneers' decision makers.