The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took the practice field Friday for the third straight day without kicker Matt Bryant, who is grieving with his family after the sudden passing of Matt and Melissa Bryant's youngest son, Tryson, who died on Wednesday morning.
Bucs head coach Jon Gruden said the team could wait until Sunday to make a decision on Bryant's status for the game vs. the Packers.
"I don't really have any update on that," Gruden said on the kicking situation. "We're still doing the best we can on this. We'll make the decision ultimately on who kicks on Sunday when we get to the stadium.
"We're going to let Matt deal with this situation personally. We'll have a kicker on Sunday. I can assure you of that. We hope it's Matt, but at the same time we're going to give him the time he needs to settle this difficult time. Whichever way it goes, we'll support him."
Tryson was born on June 16. Details of his passing have not been made available, but Tryson did not respond to his parents' attempts to wake him up on Wednesday morning.
The Bryant family will attend Tryson's funeral on Saturday. Although the entire team will not be able to be there, several members of the Bucs organization will attend the funeral in an effort to support Bryant.
"We do have members of our organization that are going to assist and be part of that," said Gruden. "We're going to do the best we can to lend as much love and support as we can to the Bryant family. At the same time, when he does get back we'll open our arms to him and try to help him through this as best as we can as a team."
Bryant, who has made 82.2 percent of his career field goals, has not practiced all week, but the Bucs still believe he could be effective vs. the Packers if he decides he wants to play on Sunday.
"Guys have missed practice at other positions. Unfortunately, that's just part of the business," said Gruden. "I don't worry about that right now. I'm more concerned with Matt Bryant the person. I'll just leave it at that. We're going to do the best we can, okay? We're going to do everything we can to help him out."
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Tryson's name to March of Dimes.
March of Dimes 405 North Reo Street Suite 105 Tampa, Fl 33609 (81) 287-2600
In injury-related news, Bucs wide receiver Joey Galloway (foot), fullback B.J. Askew (hamstring) and guard Davin Joseph (foot) are unlikely to play in Sunday's game.
Joseph, who sustained a broken foot in preseason, returned to practice on Wednesday. Gruden suggested he was making good progress. In the meantime, rookie G Jeremy Zuttah will continue to start at right guard in his place.
"[Davin] did pretty good. Like I said, it wasn't perfect, but it wasn't bad either," said Gruden. "It was a step in the right direction."
Bucs RB Michael Bennett, who has been inactive for Tampa Bay's first three regular season games, could play vs. Green Bay due to Askew's injury.
Bucs linebacker Derrick Brooks (hamstring) and defensive tackle Ryan Sims (groin) were limited in Friday's practice. Brooks and Sims are questionable for Sunday's game. Cornerback Aqib Talib, who had full participation in Friday's workout, is also questionable for the Packers game.
Green Bay also has its fair share of injuries. Packers cornerback Al Harris (spleen) is out. Safety Atari Bigby (hamstring), fullback Korey Hall (knee), wide receiver James Jones (knee) and running back Kregg Lumpkin (hamstring) are doubtful.
Packers left tackle Chad Clifton (knees), safety Nick Collins (back), safety Aaron Rouse (knee), defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (knee), guard Josh Sitton (knee) and cornerback Charles Woodson (toe) are listed as probable for Sunday's game vs. Tampa Bay.