McDonald totaled 29 tackles (18 solo), including one for loss, 5.0 sacks and one pass defensed over 14 games in 2017.
McDonald equaled the second-best sack total of his career despite also tallying the third-fewest stops of his eight seasons. However, considering the 31-year-old lost his starting defensive tackle job with the arrival of Chris Baker, his output was certainly respectable from an IDP perspective. McDonald will be an unrestricted free agent at the beginning of the new league year, with his solid four-year stint in Tampa (13.5 sacks in 44 games) and likely reasonable price to retain him making him a candidate for return.
McDonald managed five solo tackles and was credited with a quarterback hit in Sunday's 22-19 loss to the Panthers.
The veteran defensive tackle posted his best tackle total of the campaign, allowing him to bounce back from a four-game stretch during which he'd managed just two stops. McDonald hasn't been as productive overall as far as tackles this season, but he's sporting the third-highest sack total of his career (4.0) heading into a Week 17 tilt against the Saints.
McDonald (back) is officially active for Monday's game against the Falcons, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
McDonald has missed the previous four games and was listed as questionable, but he will make his return against the Falcons. The 30-year-old could be slated for an increased workload Monday with starting defensive tackle Gerald McCoy inactive with a bicep injury.
McDonald (back) is listed as questionable for Monday's matchup against the Falcons.
After logging two consecutive limited practices, McDonald put together a full workload Saturday prior to earning a questionable designation. Thus, he appears to be trending in the right direction for Week 15, but final confirmation on his status is unlikely until closer to kickoff Monday.
McDonald (back) has been ruled out for Sunday's tilt against the Lions, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
McDonald will now miss his second consecutive game after suffering a back injury in Week 12 against the Falcons. He's logged just 18 tackles in 11 games this season, so his absence won't have much of an impact on the Buccaneers' defensive front as long as Gerald McCoy and Chris Baker remain healthy.
|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||45||34.0||11||5||1||3||3.0||3||0||2|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||31||21.0||10||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||36||25.0||11||3.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||14||29||18.0||11||5||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||0||0||0||0||2||4||2||0|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||14||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|