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Eric Wright suspension: Buccaneers CB returns to team

The six-year veteran is back after serving a four-game suspension.

Chris Graythen

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Eric Wright returned to practice Wednesday after serving a four-game suspension, according to Rick Stroud of The Tampa Bay Times.

Wright was suspended at the end of November for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Wright claims it was for Adderall, according to Stroud. He said he used it for a "a health problem during the offseason":

"Absolutely, I apologize to the team as well as the organization and the Glazer family," said Wright, who signed a five-year deal worth $37.5 million ($15.5 million of which is guaranteed) in March. "It hurt me a lot to let the team down. It's just an unfortunate situation, and I'm looking forward to moving forward from here.

"It was extremely difficult. I mean, being at home, being away from my teammates and my coaches. You work all offseason and all preseason to get to this point, and to have to sit down and sit out for four games really hurt."

Despite missing four games, Wright is still sixth on the team in tackles. He has 39 total tackles this season, as well as an interception, a touchdown and seven pass deflections.

Before Wright was suspended, Tampa Bay was 6-5. The Bucs have lost all four games that Wright missed, including a painful 41-0 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Dec. 16.

It's unknown whether Wright will play Sunday in the season finale against the Atlanta Falcons. It all depends on his "condition and performance in practice," wrote Stroud.

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