TAMPA — After the Bucs’ practice week ended Friday without tackle Gerald McCoy and end Vinny Curry having participated in any on-field drills, both defensive linemen are listed as out for Sunday’s home game against the Cleveland Browns on the most recent injury report released Friday afternoon.
McCoy left Sunday’s game in Atlanta in the fourth quarter with a calf injury, and Curry was listed with an ankle injury. It remains unclear how Curry was injured. He played 48 snaps on Sunday, second-most among Bucs defensive linemen, but it is believed he could miss multiple weeks with the injury.
The Bucs have the second-fewest sacks in the league with nine. Take away Jason Pierre-Paul’s five, and they only have four. Both McCoy and Curry have 1 ½ sacks this season, and McCoy’s eight quarterback pressures are second to Pierre-Paul’s 10.
McCoy’s absence means more playing time for rookie tackle Vita Vea, who would likely see most of the time inside along with Beau Allen. William Gholston could also see added time inside, but would also fill in for Curry on the end along with Carl Nassib.
Safety Jordan Whitehead, who missed Thursday’s practice with a hamstring injury, returned to practice on Friday and was listed as questionable, as is cornerback Carlton Davis despite being a full participant in practice both Thursday and Friday.