Bryant says he’s ‘getting really close’ to return

Antonio Bryant continues to remain upbeat that he’ll be on the field again soon. Presumably, that would be a welcome sight for the Bengals.

While one recent line of thinking has been the Bengals were considering releasing Bryant by way of an injury settlement, the receiver remains upbeat he’s making progress from his lingering left knee issues, which still haven’t been fully disclosed.   According to Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com, it’s believed Bryant is owed a $3 million roster bonus if he makes the active roster, meaning he would have totaled nearly $10 million in guarantees. Bryant is not eligible to be placed on the reserve/PUP list because he practiced on the first day of training camp.

Bryant, per Hobson, said the target date is the regular season opener on Sept. 12. With cutdown day looming, time is of the essence.

“Time is only running out if you’re not making progress, and I’ve been able to progress and do things I wasn’t capable of doing,” Bryant said before Thursday morning’s practice. “It’s been encouraging and it’s made me a little anxious … We’re getting there. We’re getting really close.”

Bryant also indicated the cause of the problems in the knee have been determined, adding he “likes the results so far.”

When asked for an update Thursday, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis wouldn’t tell reporters if Bryant was close to practicing, offering only “It was a good day yesterday.”

And maybe one day closer to Bryant’s return.

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