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Bucs will let Bryant decide whether to play



UPDATE, 4:52 p.m.: Coach Jon Gruden said after today's practice the team is weighing its options at kicker, but there is at least some indication Bryant will kick on Sunday.

Asked about the possibility of of signing another kicker, Gruden said, among other things, "If we have to deal with signing another kicker, we will. Right now, that's not part of our plan."

Gruden added that safety Sabby Piscitelli is the team's backup kicker at the moment, though it's hard to fathom the Bucs even considering using him in an actual game. We're told Piscitelli has actually kicked in practice this week.

Stephen F. Holder

1:48 p.m.: The Bucs will allow kicker Matt Bryant to decide whether he wants to play in Sunday's game against the Packers.

Bryant and his wife, Melissa, are mourning the death of their 3-month old son, Tryson, who passed away early Wednesday.

The Bucs have not brought in another place-kicker, but the team has a plan for either scenario as soon as Bryant makes a decision.

Punter Josh Bidwell, who holds on place-kicks, said he would not be surprised if Bryant kicked Sunday.

"It's hard to say. He's got the free reign obviously by the team to do what he needs to do to heal,'' Bidwell said. "I'll be honest with you, I wouldn't be surprised to see him try to get out there but I wouldn't fault him in any way if he just couldn't be out there. Something like this would take time for a lot of people. I'm proud of him either way.

"He's doing a great job, responding well and embracing the love and support we're giving him and we'll certainly do that in this decision that he'll eventually make.''

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


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