McCoy (knee) has landed on the Raiders' IR list and is expected to miss the remainder of the season. After playing in only nine snaps in a Raiders uniform in the season opener, McCoy sustained a serious knee injury that will likely force him to miss the rest of the 2021 season. To replace McCoy, the Raiders' added Damion Square, however, it seems Las Vegas is leaning toward giving McCoy's lost snaps to Quinton Jefferson and Darius Philon.
McCoy suffered a season-ending left knee injury in Monday's 33-27 overtime win over the Ravens and is expected to go on injured reserve in the coming days, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Though Raiders head coach Jon Gruden didn't go into specifics about McCoy's injury when he met with the media Tuesday, he admitted that the defensive tackle likely would be in store for a long-term absence. Follow-up tests on McCoy's knee seemingly have confirmed Gruden's worst fears, cutting short the 33-year-old's 2021 campaign after he played just nine snaps. Considering McCoy also missed the entire 2020 season with a ruptured right quadriceps, his days as a disruptive force on the interior could be over given his advancing age and the fact that he's lost consecutive years to lower-body injuries. The Raiders added Damion Square to the roster Tuesday to help restore depth at defensive tackle, but Quinton Jefferson and Darius Philon are likelier candidates to pick up reps with McCoy out.
The Raiders ruled McCoy (knee) out for the remainder of Monday's game against the Ravens. McCoy had to be carted off the field, which suggests the knee injury is probably pretty serious. The six-time Pro Bowler was looking to get back on track after he missed the entire 2020 campaign with a ruptured quadriceps.
It appears as though McCoy suffered a torn ACL during Monday's practice, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports. The Cowboys will wait for the results of the defensive tackle's MRI, but it looks as though the team is bracing to be without McCoy this season. The 32-year-old, who signed a three-year, $18.3 million contract with Dallas in March, had been in line to fill the void created by the offseason departure of Maliek Collins.
McCoy finished the 2019 season with 37 tackles (15 solo) and five sacks in 16 games played. McCoy was released last offseason after spending the first nine years of his career in Tampa Bay. The former All Pro responded by signing a one-year deal with the in-division Panthers and went on to start every game. Although McCoy's sack total marked his lowest since 2012 and included 2.5 against the Bucs in Week 6, his overall production still wasn't too far off his established standard. That reliability should enable the 31-year-old to garner decent interest as a veteran free agent again this offseason.
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