Tampa Bay Buccaneers Training Camp Day 6: Mark Barron Can't 'Toe' the Line

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IAugust 2, 2012

Veteran Ronde Barber was given Thursday off. (photo courtesy of Buccaneers.com)
Veteran Ronde Barber was given Thursday off. (photo courtesy of Buccaneers.com)

Before you start to panic after reading that headline, let me simply give you a reminder that we noticed something was wrong with overall seventh pick Mark Barron with about an hour left in Wednesday's practice.

He was making his way gingerly to the sidelines but did watch the remainder of practice. We observed that he obviously "dinged" something, and now we find out from Greg Schiano's post-practice presser on Buccaneers.com that it was a toe.

Barron was one of a number of players who didn't participate during Thursday's sixth day of camp.

Schiano acknowledged that Ronde Barber was given the day off, as was defensive end Michael Bennett. Bennett appeared to be lightheaded at Wednesday's practice and was taken off the field. On Thursday, Schiano said: "I think Mike's gonna be okay. Hopefully we'll get him back in a couple of days." That didn't get Bennett totally off the hook, he dressed out and stood with his teammates.

Amobi Okoye, coming off knee surgery, couldn't make it. "Amobi needs a couple of days," Schiano said.

Ronde Barber was also given the day off. That's no surprise—after 15 years, Ronde needs to listen to his body, and obviously his body was talking after Wednesday's session.

The running back position continues to garner a lot of interest with the presence of LeGarrette Blount and Doug Martin. Blount is noticeably slimmer than he was last year. "He's a better player in the condition he's in right now," Schiano said, sounding pleased with Blount's body of work in camp. "He's hustling his tail off."

The offseason theory was that Martin's presence would produce a better version of Blount, and that appears to be the story through six camp sessions. Although some are conceding the bulk of playing time to Martin, they might want to look back at his three fumbles and consider that Blount hasn't had one yet.

This "hyped" duel between Martin and Blount is mostly just that right now, and nothing will be settled until there is film on both in live action that comes in the preseason games.

The team also announced that linebacker Nate Triplett had a short stay in Tampa Bay. He was released, and the team signed former Notre Dame and Cleveland linebacker Brian Smith.

The team will open up Friday morning's practice to the public.

Saturday will be a huge day for the team. The Bucs are combining Fan Fest with a Saturday evening scrimmage in Raymond James Stadium.

Fan Fest will have players available for autographs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. followed by training camp session No. 8.


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