Bucs DT Gerald McCoy has dreamt of playing against Eagles quarterback Michael Vick since he was a kid. He's not happy that, for the second time in as many years, he might not get that chance.
“I've been wanting to play against him since I was a kid, so Mike, if you hear this, I don't like you,'' McCoy said jokingly. “Not because I don't like you, but because, again, you get hurt the week before I finally get to play against you.''
Vick injured a hamstring against the Giants last week and his status for Sunday's game at Raymond James Stadium is uncertain. Last year, a concussion kept Vick out of a Dec. 9 game in Tampa in which backup Nick Foles led Philadephia to a 23-21 victory.
“I hope Mike hears this,'' McCoy said. “You're a great competitor and I would love to compete against you. But since you don't want to play, I'll talk about Nick Foles instead.''
Stat of the Day
When facing third-and-10 or more, the Eagles have converted only 3-of-24 opportunities.
By the numbers
+ The Eagles lead the NFL in average yards per rushing attempt at 5.6, well above the 4.1 league average.
+ Tampa Bay has ventured into the red zone only seven times in four games. No other NFL club has fewer than 11 possessions inside the opponent's 20.
+ Bucs second-year RB Doug Martin is on pace for 400 carries. The league's all-time single-season record is 416 by Kansas City's Larry Johnson in 2006.
CB Michael Adams (knee) was the only Buccaneer who didn't participate in Wednesday's practice. S Dashon Goldson (foot), WR Mike Williams (hamstring), G Carl Nicks (foot) and rookie DE Steven Means (shoulder) were limited.
For the Eagles, QB Michael Vick, who hurt his hamstring Sunday against the Giants, practiced on a limited basis. First-year coach Chip Kelly has not ruled Vick out against the Bucs.
Quote of the day
“So, let's get to the playoffs.''
Bucs coach Greg Schiano, after being informed that teams that made the postseason at least once in the previous two years would be exempt from appearing on the HBO documentary series “Hard Knocks”
Sunday: Philadelphia, 1 p.m.
Oct. 20: at Atlanta, 1 p.m.
Oct. 24: Carolina, 8:25 p.m.
Nov. 3: at Seattle, 4:05 p.m.