McDonald managed 31 tackles (21 solo) over six games in the 2015 season. The 29-year-old tackle was on pace for one of the best season of his career before a torn pectoral muscle ended his season in early November. McDonald was on track to finish with a career-high 80 stops had he managed to play all 16 games, which would have obliterated his current high-water mark of 46 that he established during the 2014 season. An outstanding run stopper with above-average ability to rush the passer from the tackle position, McDonald has amassed 10.5 sacks over his career, althoug he notably failed to get to the quarterback during his time on the field in 2015. With the firing of head coach Lovie Smith and the majority of his defensive staff, McDonald and the rest of his defensive teammates remain up in the air regarding the scheme they'll operate under in 2016.
McDonald (pectoral) is inactive for Sunday's contest in Atlanta. McDonald has posted a helpful 31 tackles (21 solo) from defensive tackle, but his absence opens the door for Akeem Spence and Henry Melton to pick up snaps in the middle of the Buccaneers' defensive front.
McDonald (pectoral) is doubtful for Sunday. It doesn't appear as if McDonald will be able to play Sunday however the Buccaneers have yet to officially rule out their run-stuffing defensive tackle. With fellow defensive tackle Tony McDaniel (groin) also listed as doubtful on the team's official injury report, Tampa Bay could be without two of their top defensive tackles when they take on Devonta Freeman and the Falcons Sunday.
McDonald (pectoral) was unable to practice for a second consecutive day Thursday, Joe Kania of the Buccaneers official site reports. The defensive tackle's chances of suiting up in Week 8 against the Falcons look to be trending downward after a second consecutive missed practice. McDonald's stout run-stuffing presence would be missed against Devonta Freeman and the Falcons in Week 8 were he to be sidelined. Friday will likely provide a more or less definitive answer on McDonald's prospects for taking the field Sunday.
McDonald (pectoral) missed practice Wednesday, Joe Kania of the Buccaneers official site reports. McDonald has been a highly productive member of the Bucs' defensive line, and any prolonged absence on his end would have a negative impact on a defense that is still finding its way. The veteran defensive tackle has tallied an impressive 31 tackles on the season, including three behind the line of scrimmage. McDonald's status for Week 8 will be made a bit clearer after Thursday's practice session.
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