With the Bengals cutting receiver Antonio Bryant and Bryant intending to get his balky knee to 100 percent, there’s a chance that Bryant may never get his knee to 100 percent — and thus that he’ll never play again.
Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports recently explained that multiple sources have characterized Bryant’s career as being in jeopardy.
“He barely practiced in training camp and now this happens,” one source with knowledge of the situation told Cole. “The guy can’t
stay healthy at this point. He gets to the point that he’s feeling good,
then it swells on him again. When that keeps happening, that’s a very
strong indication that there are structural problems.”
Agent Peter Schaffer told Cole that Bryant does not plan to have any further surgery on the knee, and that Bryant plans to play this year.
It still remains to be seen whether Bryant seeks compensation from the Bengals for cutting him while injured. In the end, it could be that the $7.85 million the team paid to Bryant could grow, via $176,000 per week until Bryant is healthy.