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Antonio Bryant definitely out
Posted Sep. 19 at 09:50 PM
Buffalo's defense didn't have much luck covering Randy Moss and Wes Welker last Monday, so some owners might have been considering Bucs wideout Antonio Bryant. Don't: Bryant, listed as doubtful with a knee injury, didn't make the trip to Buffalo.
The Bucs will also be without center Jeff Faine, who suffered a triceps injury last week; that could neutralize any advantage the running game gets from middle linebacker Paul Posluszny being out for the Bills.
Without Bryant, Michael Clayton -- who looked pretty good last week, his game including an impressive fingertip grab of a 47-yard pass down the sideline -- becomes the top target. The No. 3 spot is sort of a committee between Maurice Stovall, rookie Sammie Stroughter, and Brian Clark. According to the team depth chart, Stroughter will be the player in Bryant's spot, although the veteran Stovall (who looked OK at times in the exhibitions) is also a possibility.
On Friday, coach Raheem Morris didn't say who would start for Bryant, instead saying there would be a bigger role for Kellen Winslow and Jerramy Stevens in the offense. The Bucs will likely lean on the running game, as well; that's what they do best.
The Tampa Tribune's report on Bryant's absence can be seen right here.
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