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McCoy to have surgery Wednesday

Posted Nov 8, 2011 by Roy Cummings

Updated Nov 8, 2011 at 07:26 PM

The Tampa Tribune

TAMPA – Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy will undergo surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn right biceps tendon and expects his rehab to last at least six months.

McCoy tore the right biceps tendon trying to tackle Saints running back Chris Ivory with 3:35 left in the first quarter of the Bucs 27-16 loss at New Orleans on Sunday.

The injury is the same one, although to his other arm, that he suffered during a Week 14 game against the Redskins a year ago. Like that injury, this one has left McCoy on injured reserve.

“I’m not down,’’ McCoy said during his weekly radio show on WDAE 620 AM on Tuesday. “Everybody expects me to be sad. I’m not said. I’m Loving life. Things could be a lot worse.’’

McCoy said doctors and trainers were unsure how he suffered the injury, in part because his arm was not fully extended when he was hurt, and suggested the problem he’s had with his biceps may be “hereditary.’’

“It’s got to be hereditary,’’ he said. “Some of my teammates joked, (sayin you’ve) got to do more biceps curls, but it’s not the muscle, it’s in the tendon and that’s in the forearm.’’

“(The doctors and trainers said) they don’t know if it’s hereditary or what’s going on. I barely touched the guy (Ivory). Even the doctors and trainers said they don’t see where that happened.’’

McCoy, the Bucs first-round pick in the 2009 draft, said the injury was not very painful but that he knew almost immediately what he had done after suffering the same injury last year.

“What happened was, really it’s the biceps tendon (tearing) off the bone,’’ McCoy said. “I ran a stunt and beat my guy outside, then came back inside and the next thing I knew there was a running back there.

“I reached out as soon as I saw something fast, but it was too late. He caught it just enough. He just hit my arm. I was going forward and he was going the other way. My arm wasn’t even fully extended.’’

McCoy said he is upset about having to be placed on injured reserve for the second time in as many years, but that he remains upbeat about his future in the game.

“Yes, I’m upset,’’ he said. “Yes I’m hurt and no I don’t like the fact that I’ve been injured twice in the last two year. And yes it sucks, but instead of dwelling on it, when I said it could be a lot worse that’s’ what I meant.

“I went to a military vet hospital today and saw a lot soldiers who put their lives on the lien, so how dare I be upset about a torn biceps when these guys are putting their lives on the line.

“I play a game (for a living). They put their lives on the line. I’m going to have surgery, but my arm will heal. You have guys that risk their lives daily for our country.’’

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