SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 09: LeGarrette Blount #27 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is tackled by Patrick Willis #52 of the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on October 9, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Buccaneers Injury Update: LeGarrette Blount Tears MCL, Could Be Out 4-6 Weeks

The Buccaneers suffered injuries last Sunday to two majors players: LaGarrette Blount and Gerald McCoy. They are currently week-to-week.

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Buccaneers Injury Report: McCoy, Blount, Stocker Unlikely Against Saints

When it rains it pours. Down in Tampa Bay, this phrase can take on a literal meaning at times, but the figurative is enough for us in this case. After suffering an embarrassing 48-3 loss to the 49ers last week, the Buccaneers will be missing some key players in their upcoming matchup against the Saints: Gerald McCoy, LeGarrette Blount, and Luke Stocker.

According to Stephen Holder from the St. Petersburg Times, all three players were missing from practice on Wednesday and are not expected to play this weekend. This will hurt the Bucs considerably on offense and defense, as Blount and Stocker have been two of the Bucs best offensive weapons, while McCoy is one of the bright stars on an otherwise poor defense.

Holder also went on to note that Quincy Black (ankle) was in attendance, but it was unclear how hard he was going to be worked. Also, Mason Foster was missing from Wendesday’s practice, although the nature and severity of his injury is unclear right now.

The Bucs are banged up and beat around, and they have an important game this weekend against the Saints. I don’t want to sound pessimistic, but considering how mediocre the Bucs have played at full strength, this weekend’s game may not be fun to watch.

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Gerald McCoy And LeGarrette Blount Could Miss Important Week 6 Matchup With New Orleans Saints

As if the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 48-3 loss to the San Francisco 49ers wasn’t enough, the Week 5 loss also came with a hefty price in the injury department. Two of the Buccaneers’ most important players were injured in the humiliating loss — defensive Gerald McCoy on defense, and running back LeGarrette Blount on offense. McCoy suffered a high ankle sprain on Sunday and is considered ‘week to week’ by head coach Raheem Morris. Blount meanwhile injured his knee in the loss and will likely be considered doubtful for Tampa Bay’s Sunday showdown with the New Orleans Saints.

“Right now I’m not real motivated to say (McCoy’s) going to definitely play this week,” Morris said. "But I’m not ready to count him out either.

“I don’t want to rule (Blount) out, but I’m not looking at him. It is what it is. Next man up. I’d like to get more detailed information on him. I’ll call him day-to-day for now.”

McCoy’s injury occurred in the first quarter when he tried to tackle Frank Gore of the 49ers. He did not return to the game. Blount went down in the third quarter after a 29-yard reception. With the Buccaneers trailing 31-3 at the time, one might question why Blount was even playing. Then again, after playing so poorly prior to the injury, one could understand why Raheem Morris would want his players to at least execute their offense so that they didn’t completely lose their confidence in defeat.

Stay tuned here and at Bucs Nation for more news about the status of Blount and McCoy for Week 6 throughout the week.

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Buccaneers Vs. 49ers: Gerald McCoy Being Evaluated After Suffering Apparently Serious Leg Injury

LaGarrette Blount wasn't the only player who left the Bucs game with an apparent leg injury. Gerald McCoy was forced out very early, and his appeared to be much more serious than Blount's. After suffering the injury early, he was back on the sideline in the second half on crutches and with a walking boot. According to Stephen Holder of TampaBay.com, it appears as though McCoy's injury is near his ankle, but it does not appear to be broken.

Our Buccaneers blog Bucs Nation knows that McCoy might not have been the difference between a win and a loss, but that his absence must have hurt their running defense.

And worst of all, the Bucs saw Gerald McCoy go out of the game with a lower leg injury after getting doubled over early in the game. He was on crutches on the sidelines throughout most of the game, and that did not look good. Losing McCoy clearly hurt the defense as well, as it lacked an explosive presence on the interior defensive line.

We'll have more on the nature and seriousness of this injury as soon as we know more.

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Buccaneers Vs. 49ers: LaGarrette Blount Suffers Undisclosed Leg Injury

Coming off a a very strong Money Night performance last week, this was supposed to be the beginning of LaGarrette Blount's National coming out party. But instead Blount suffered an undisclosed leg injury that forced him to the sideline for much of the second half. The Bucs are still being tightlipped about the nature of the injury, according to Stephen Holder of TampaBay.com.

Asked whether Blount could have returned to the game, coach Raheem Morris said, “I just listen to what my doctors tell me. I know he didn’t come back. He was icing down. Healthy men have to play. That was Kregg Lumpkin and Allen Bradford when we pulled (Earnest Graham) out of there.”

This was a bad week for the Bucs injury-wise because they also lost Gerald McCoy in this one with a leg injury that looked a little bit more serious than Blount's. We'll have more on the injury as soon as we find out more information.

For more on the Buccaneers, head over to our Bucs blog Bucs Nation. For more on the 49ers head over to Niners Nation and SB Nation Bay Area.

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