Biggs: Bryant set to get back in action for Bucs

Time is running out on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the same holds true for wide receiver Antonio Bryant.

The flip side to signing a one-year contract as a player wearing the franchise tag is that you’re right back where you just came from, in a contract year. Suffice to say, this one hasn’t gone well for Bryant, who has battled left knee issues ever since training camp.

He’s sat out the last two games, since the Bucs’ ill-fated trip across the Atlantic to play the New England Patriots, with pain in the knee, but he’s expected to play Sunday against New Orleans.

It’s been a frustrating situation for everyone involved. Bryant underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in August. There’s nothing wrong with his knee now, it’s about handling the pain issue and managing swelling. He’s already come out and said that he’ll keep in mind what’s best for his future in making decisions over the remainder of this season, something that doesn’t always necessarily match with team’s goals. But he’s excited about returning against the Saints.

“We're a long way from getting where we want to be, but we're not completely out of the situation,” Bryant said. “That's just what I want everybody to acknowledge. And I know I have what it takes to go and change the whole complexion of a game. I can change the outcome. I just need to focus, lock in and go out there and compete.

“I feel better. You're supposed to feel better when you take two weeks off. That's a long time in the league. Everything looks good. I just have to do what I have to do as far as maintaining good health. I've never been hurt. It's all new to me. I'm just trying to do all the right things to keep from continuing to get hurt.’’

At least the Bucs are getting him back out there because rookie quarterback Josh Freeman needs all the help he can get. A legitimate No. 1 target is always a good thing.

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