Antonio Bryant might be shelved; Stylez White doubtful for Dolphins game
The Bucs have listed WR Antonio Bryant (knee) and DE Stylez White (shoulder) -- both starters -- as doubtful for Sunday's game at Miami. That gives each a 25 percent chance of playing per league injury-reporting guidelines.
Bryant missed last Sunday's home game against Green Bay. It was indicated by coach Raheem Morris today that Bryant could be potentially be out a while. The team has decided to rest his chronically painful knee as this condition dates to the preseason when he underwent surgery. Morris said it is a team decision and not a result of Bryant being unwilling to play or practice.
Of that perception, Morris said, "This is not a selfish act by A.B. by any means. Don't take it that way. I'm letting you guys know, this is not a selfish act. This is a team decision. This is A.B. sitting in my office on Tuesday and figuring out where we are. . . We don't have a problem with A.B. pulling himself out or anything like that."
Morris said injured reserve is not under consideration at this time.
"Not yet," he said. "We're going to let him get there (to Miami) and see if he can bounce back. We've got eight more weeks. He's got eight weeks to get it going. You don't become an IR victim for a while. We've got some time."
The extent of White's shoulder injury isn't clear, but he suffered the injury during the Green Bay game and hasn't practiced since. Morris indicated Tim Crowder would start in White's place if he is sidelined against the Dolphins.
"Tim Crowder's been the most productive (backup) as far as getting the reps and being on the screws with things," Morris said. "We're fired up and excited about that."
Also on the injury report: QB Byron Leftwich (elbow) is questionable; WR Michael Clayton (knee), G Davin Joseph (ankle), CB Aqib Talib (hamstring), RB Derrick Ward (knee) and RB Clifton Smith (knee) are probable.