The Buccaneers will be without their best wide receiver until at least the season opener, as Antonio Bryant will miss at least three weeks with a torn meniscus in his left knee. Bucs coach Raheem Morris said Bryant will not play in the preseason as a precaution.
Morris says though the wide out should be ready for the opener vs Dallas September 13th. “We’re going to go ahead and work on that knee,” Morris said. “We’re going to go ahead and scope it, clean that thing out, get him ready for the season.
“He ran out there. He was ready to go the other day, ran out there and it swelled up a little on him again.
“It’s just not worth it. Let’s get him ready for Dallas. Let’s sit him down for three weeks. He probably could come back the last preseason game, but I’m probably going to be mentally weak and not play him and just wait for Dallas and we’ll figure that out as we go.”
The injury started as Bryant experienced swelling in his knee last week and missed four days of practice. He returned to practice Friday and Saturday, but apparently, the knee suffered more swelling. He’s the best pass catcher on the team, as last season he had a team high 83 catches for 1248 yards and 7 TD’s.