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Despite injury, Gerald McCoy wants to play this season

Even dealing with a biceps injury and his Bucs at 4-9, Gerald McCoy isn't giving up on playing this season.

"I'm a fighter," McCoy said Tuesday night. "Y'all know me. I don't quit. I give it everything I have. Even the slightest possibility of being able to play, I'm going to do everything I can. I don't know what's going to happen right now, but it's me. I love this team.  I love this game. I love this city and give it everything I have."

The Bucs made another transaction Tuesday to add a player without putting McCoy on season-ending injured reserve, which suggests they'll give him a chance to rest the injury and play at some point in the final three games. McCoy injured the biceps in his right arm on the first play of Sunday's loss to the Lions, leaving after playing only 12 plays.

McCoy said he hears some fans questioning his desire to play, and hopes they know he would do anything to get on the field if he's medically allowed to do so.

"I'm the wrong person to question. I give this team and this city everything I have," he said. "I'm going to keep doing it, regardless of what they say, regardless of the record, an injury, whatever. If I have an opportunity to be on that grass, I'm going to do it."

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