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Bucs still undecided whether healthy Wright will play Sunday



The Bucs are on the brink of allowing the most passing yards in a season of any team in NFL history and have not won a game since their starting cornerback was suspended over a month ago.

But they have not made a decision whether to play Eric Wright in Sunday's game at Atlanta.

"Not sure if he’ll play or not,'' coach Greg Schiano said. "He’ll be with us and I’ll have to make that decision.''

Will it be a game-day decision?

"Don’t know yet. Might be tomorrow,'' Schiano said. "I’ve just got to figure it out.

“It’s really just what do we think is the best thing to do at this point in the year for our team to win. That’s really it.''

Wright missed the Bucs 24-23 loss to the Falcons on Nov. 25 with an Achilles injury. The next week, he began serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing drugs. Wright said he took Adderall, a stumulant banned by the league. Tampa Bay has lost five straight with Wright out of the lineup.

Wright said he spent the last four weeks rehabbing an Achilles injury and has practiced all three days this week. Yet Schiano has been non-committal.

"This week, we're kind of seeing how he runs around out there,'' defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan said. "It's kind of like when Anthony Gaitor came back. You sit out for a month or so, it's not like you just jump back in. I don't think it's like riding a bike. So that's as far as this week.

"But you know, he's an NFL starting corner. That's what we brought him here to do. It was a hit for us. The guys that have stepped in for him have done more than an admirable job. But it's definitely a hit, because he's an NFL starting corner and that's what we brought him in here for."

[Last modified: Friday, December 28, 2012 1:57pm]


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