Bryant's status still unclear

Defensive end Tony Bryant is scheduled to undergo more tests.



            The status of Oakland Raiders defensive end Tony Bryant remained uncertain as of the conclusion of the team's three-day minicamp.

            Bryant was at the facility but still unable to practice. Bryant sustained a season-ending spinal cord injury in a 23-20 overtime loss to San Francisco in Week 9 of last season. Bryant is scheduled to undergo more tests to assess whether he can resume his playing career.

"I don't know anymore really in my mind than I did earlier," Oakland defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan said. "It sounds terrible but we have to prepare as if he's not going to be here and get that position solidified. If Tony comes back, that's just gravy for us. We're just keeping our fingers crossed."

            Raiders head coach Bill Callahan added that he would like to reach a decision before the team arrives in Napa on July 24 for training camp. As of now, defensive end would be perhaps Oakland's most unsettled position.

Bryant would likely be a projected starter if he returns healthy. He was off to the best start of his career – at least statistically before getting injured. Bryant, whose career high in tackles were 40 and sacks were 5.5, recorded 33 tackles and 2.5 sacks before his injury.


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