McCown confident of quick return
But ensuing examinations on the knee revealed that surgery would be necessary in order to repair the damage.
The Bucs are cautiously optimistic that McCown, who began his NFL career with the Cleveland Browns in 2004, could be available for at least a portion of the upcoming season.
“Right now, he won’t be with us for the early part of the season,” said head coach Jon Gruden. “But knowing Luke McCown like I do, he’ll be back sooner than most guys.”