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WR Bryant has Arthroscopic Surgery on Left Knee

With starters Antonio Bryant and Michael Clayton slowed by injuries in training camp, the Buccaneers will open the preseason with an inexperienced group of receivers.

Bryant had arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee on Tuesday. Clayton missed more practice time with a sore hamstring that will keep him out of Saturday’s game at Tennessee.

While Bryant and Clayton are out, third-year pro Brian Clark and fourth-year receiver Maurice Stovall will move up the depth chart.

Coach Raheem Morris said Bryant, who led Tampa Bay with 83 receptions for 1,248 yards and seven touchdowns in 2008, will sit out at least three weeks and be ready to play in the Sept. 13 regular-season opener against Dallas.

“Probably could be back for the fourth (preseason) game. Don’t know. You might want to get a little test run to see what he can do,” Morris said.

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