Nearly a month after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee,WR Antonio Bryant still wasn't 100%.
He probably won't be 100% when the start of the regular season rolls around, either, but that won't keep Bryant from playing in the Bucs' opener. After all, he's grown accustomed to playing at less than full strength.
"I don't really even know what 100 percent feels like," said Bryant, who came back after a season spent in exile last year and earned Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year honors.
"I just go out there and do what I'm capable of doing to the best of my ability. It's all a part of being accountable. I mean, guys are counting on me doing my part, holding up my end, but I do that regardless."
Bryant certainly held up his end last year. He led all Bucs WRs with 83 catches for 1,248 yards and 7 TDs. It seems, though, that his chances of matching those figures this year have already been compromised.
Or have they? Bryant said coming back from a year spent watching football from his couch was more difficult than coming back from his knee surgery, and he added that he's ready to make an impact again.