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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

Bryant situation a delicate issue for Bucs

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The Bucs are still reeling from the death of kicker Matt Bryant's infant son on Wednesday.

It was evident from the cracking in coach Jon Gruden's voice while announcing the news that the team indeed feels the family's pain.

But, even though typing these words feels absolutely awkward, Sunday's game will not wait. And so, the Bucs have a decision to make here.

Do they hold out for a couple days and see whether Bryant will be emotionally stable enough to kick on Sunday against the Packers? Or, do they go ahead and make a roster move and encourage Bryant to take some time away?

Most likely, the team has already started contacting kickers on its "emergency list," which is a list of free agents at each position who would be available in the event of an injury or unexpected circumstances, such as this. The Bucs probably have a kicker in mind already although they haven't signed one yet. They conceivably could wait until the last minute, then make a decision at that point.

Remember, if they opt to bring in a kicker temporarily, it will create another issue. The Bucs would have to release a player to make room on the active roster. And we know what the consequences of such a move could be after cornerback Marcus Hamilton was claimed off waivers by the Bears earlier this week.

Nothing is more important than family, a point that will not be lost on anyone involved in this situation. But the reality is, there could be some football fallout from this terrible, unspeakable tragedy.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:12pm]

    

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