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Raheem Morris Scraps Plans for Bucs Practice after Talib Incident

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 14: Cornerback Aqib Talib #25 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers watches play against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on December 14, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Jessica DAnalyst IMay 21, 2009

Raheem Morris decided that Thursday wouldn't be a regular OTA day.

With Aqib Talib swinging his helmet at teammate Donald Penn and injuring peacemaker Torrie Cox, there are bigger obstacles than drills to deal with at hand (see B/R contributor Tom Edrington's article on the incident).

Today, Morris ordered a special teams workout in an attempt to bring the team together. The head coach told reporters that the matter was handled "in house", and there is no clear indication of what kind of punishment Talib will get, although it most likely will be a fine.

Morris's workout consisted of 50- and 100-yard sprints and blocking sled drills. The workout lasted about 30 minutes.

Morris said that he felt like he needed "something else for our team, for team development and team growth. We could've gone out there and done X's and O's today and not gotten better. I felt like we got better as a team today."

For Talib, it's his second violent incident against a teammate in two years. The past altercation involved rookie running back Cory Boyd at the NFL Rookie Symposium shortly after the draft last year.

Raheem acknowledges that emotions play into football, for it's an emotional sport. He insists that the solution is in the coach helping the players grow, but for a rebuilding team, player problems are all the Buccaneers need right now.

Talk about a little bit of difference between him and say, Mike Singletary. Coach Morris seems to take the avenue of being a player's mentor, which is great; I as a fan just don't want the immature misbehavior to continue.

They're NFL players, yes, but they're not children. Getting fired up during a game and swinging a dangerous object at a teammate during summer OTAs is quite different.



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