McDonald Steps Up for Depleted D-Line

With the Bucs' defensive line depleted by injuries, both prior to and in Sunday's game, veteran DT Clinton McDonald fought through a tough afternoon and recorded 1.5 sacks.

DT Clinton McDonald started the game as part of an interior rotation with Gerald McCoy and Akeem Spence, only to see injuries to McCoy and defensive end Noah Spence force him into playing nearly every snap. The Bucs were already without key down linemen Jacquies Smith, lost to injured reserve in Week One, and Robert Ayers, currently sidelined by an ankle sprain. McDonald was extremely active up front despite the added work, making impact plays against both the run and the pass. He finished the game with a team-high eight tackles, as well as 1.5 sacks, two tackles for loss and two quarterback hits. McDonald's sack of Trevor Siemian late in the first half unfortunately knocked the Broncos starter out of the game with a shoulder injury. McDonald's tackle total tied his best single-game mark since joining the Buccaneers as a free agent in 2014, and his 1.5 sacks represent his top game in that span.

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