Buccaneers cornerback Eric Wright is eligible to return this week, but that doesn’t mean that he will.
Suspended the last four games for violating the league’s performance-enhancing substances policy, Wright is back with the team today.
The Bucs clearly missed him during his absence, but coach Greg Schiano said he didn’t know if Wright would play in Sunday’s finale against the Falcons or not.
“I can’t tell you right now without getting on the field and seeing where he is and formulating a plan,’’ Schiano said, via Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com. “I don’t think conditioning will be the issue, but being in football shape [will be].’’
Now the Bucs have a bigger decision to make. Wright lost $1.7 million worth of game checks during his banishment, and the $7.75 million guarantee on next year’s salary was voided when he was suspended.
If they wanted to part ways with the talented corner, who was part of their free agency opening swoop last year, they could without the same financial penalty. But then they’d be looking for a lot of secondary help again, a problem they thought they answered by signing him.