Tuesday evening on 1010 AM CBS Sports Radio, Tampa Bay Buccaneers' running back Earnest Graham let the public know that wide receiver Antonio Bryant was inactive in Sunday's 38-28 win against the Packers not because of his contract situation, but because he wasn't healthy enough to play.
"It wasn't because he was unhappy, he just was not healthy at that point and time," Graham said. "He had the [meniscus] tear and came back earlier than expected, and the last few weeks have been up and down for him. This past week was just a tough one for him."
Bryant, 28, missed the entire preseason after getting his knee scoped midway through training camp after missing several practices due to soreness in his knee. The seven-year veteran will most likely be looking for a long-term contract in the offseason, whether it is with the Buccaneers or with another team. He is currently signed under a one-year contract worth $9.88 million dollars after being designated the team's franchise player.
"He knows time is ticking for him to get his film out there, but that's not the reason he is out there, he understands the situation," said Graham. "He really wants to be out there for his team, and it hurts him not to be."
Wide receiver Maurice Stovall played in place of Bryant against the Packers, and caught three balls for 46 yards. Bryant has missed two games this season and has caught 16 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns. Those numbers are a far cry from the 37 catches for 451 yards he had at this time of the season last year.
Bryant's status for this week's game at Miami is unknown at this time. Check back on PewterReport.com Wednesday for an updated injury report.