Bucs WR Antonio Bryant was held out of practice for the second straight day Friday with pain in his surgically repaired knee. Bryant is listed as doubtful on Tampa Bay's injury report. If he can't play, Bryant will be replaced by Sammie Stroughter, Brian Clark and Maurice Stovall in a committee approach.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could take the field without two of their key offensive weapons in Buffalo on Sunday.
Bucs starting center Jeff Faine has already been ruled out of the game vs. the Bills with a triceps injury that is expected to keep him sidelined for a few weeks.
On Friday, the news got potentially worse for the Bucs, who didn't have wide receiver Antonio Bryant on the practice field for the second straight day.
Bryant is not technically injured. He is attempting to play through pain in his knee that stems from minor knee surgery he underwent during training camp.
"I think it's just soreness," said Bucs head coach Raheem Morris. "I'm not getting any vibes or re-aggravation or anything like that."
Bryant led the Bucs in receptions last year with 83 for 1,248 yards and seven touchdowns. He caught two passes for 29 yards vs. Dallas before leaving Sunday's game early due to knee soreness.
Morris suggested Bryant, who received the franchise tag and a $9.88 million salary from the team earlier this offseason, wants to play despite the pain, but the decision on whether to play him Sunday will be made by Morris and Co.
"We can't leave it up to Antonio because you know what Antonio is going to say," said Morris. "It's got to be up to myself, the doctors, the trainers and [general manager] Mark Dominik. We have to make the decision for him. You know, we talk about leading people into places they don't want to go, this is kind of like one of those decisions."
Should he not be deemed fit to go vs. Buffalo, the Bucs plan to use a committee approach that would feature rookie Sammie Stroughter, Brian Clark and Maurice Stovall playing opposite starting WR Michael Clayton.
"We have the three wide outs," said Morris. "They'll do it by committee. They have to. Personnel groupings will dictate when and why they go in, and how much they go in the game."
With Faine sidelined for Sunday's Week 2 contest, the Bucs will start either recently re-signed Sean Mahan or rookie C Jonathan Compas, who has been with the team since the last week of preseason, but is quite familiar with Tampa Bay's offensive system.
"We repped both guys at center all week," said Morris. "We'll have Compas and we'll also have Mahan out there.
"It's not [too difficult for Compas] because he came from a similar system. He played in a zone blocking scheme in Oakland. It's not that much of a difference. He just has to adjust to the protections. He's a smart kid and he's picking it up fast."
In other injury news
, Bucs rookie defensive lineman Kyle Moore (groin), tight end John Gilmore (ankle) and safety Jermaine Phillips (calf) practiced Friday. Moore and Gilmore are listed as questionable on the team's injury report. Phillips is listed as probable.
Bucs rookie cornerback E.J. Biggers (shoulder) was held out of practice again Friday and has been ruled out of Sunday's game. He did not play vs. Dallas.
As far as the Bills injury report is concerned, starting middle linebacker Paul Posluszny (forearm) has been ruled out of the game vs. Tampa Bay.
Defensive ends Chris Kelsay (knee) and Aaron Schobel (back), tight end Derek Fine (hamstring) and cornerback Drayton Florence (knee) are listed as probable. Cornerback Terrence McGee (back) is listed as questionable for Sunday's contest, which kicks off at 4:00 p.m. ET.
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