It looks as though Tampa Bay will make a game-time decision on whether kicker Matt Bryant will play vs. Carolina on Sunday.
Bryant suffered a hamstring injury on the opening kickoff of Tampa Bay’s game vs. Chicago on Nov. 27 and missed last Sunday’s game vs. New Orleans as a result of the injury.
Although Bryant has kicked in practice this week, including a stretch during Thursday’s workout where he made five straight 43-yard field goals, the Bucs aren’t sure whether he or K Todd France will play vs. the Panthers.
“We’ll make a game-day decision on Matt Bryant,” said Bucs head coach Jon Gruden. “We kicked him pretty good yesterday and his routine during the season is heavy Thursdays, light Fridays. We’ll pick it up Sunday in Carolina, see how it is. We’re confident that he’s made great progress and there’s a good chance he could be our kicker.”
In other injury news, Bucs linebacker Marquis Cooper (chest) was downgraded to questionable on Friday. Safety Will Allen (knee) is probable.
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