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May 17, 2010 @ 5:35 am
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Penn, Winslow, Ward, Price Among Missing Bucs At Start Of OTAs

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UPDATED: The Bucs had a few players missing at the start of the OTAs. Restricted free agent LT Donald Penn is holding out, while TE Kellen Winslow and RB Derrick Ward were among the missing on Monday. Rookie DT Brian Price is not permitted to attend until UCLA's spring semester is over.
As PewterReport.com reported on Friday, Tampa Bay restricted free agent left tackle Donald Penn is missing the OTAs (organized team activities), which are finally underway at One Buccaneer Place. The Bucs, which have pushed back their entire slate of OTAs until May and June so that the 2010 rookie class will have the best chance to participate, expected Penn to hold out over his displeasure regarding his contract status.

Penn, who is seeking a long-term contract extension, was tendered a one-year deal at the highest level, which will pay him $3.168 million and came with first- and third-round pick compensation for the Buccaneers if another team signed him to an offer sheet during restricted free agency. Sources tell PewterReport.com that he will skip the OTAs and possibly the mandatory mini-camp in late June.

Other notable veterans who were not in attendance at the OTA, which is voluntary, include starting tight end Kellen Winslow, running back Derrick Ward, starting right guard Davin Joseph, starting left guard Jeremy Zuttah, wide receiver Mario Urrutia and defensive tackle Roy Miller. Miller is nursing a hamstring injury, while Urrutia was seen walking in a boot cast on his right foot.
Joseph is sitting out this week after going through minor surgery on his lower body (Joseph wouldn't say where, but it is believed to be his knee). 
Zuttah missed Monday's practice for personal reasons, but Joseph said that he has been a regular attendee during the Bucs' offseason program.  

Despite signing new contracts last spring, Winslow and Ward still missed several OTAs in 2009 and were not in attendance on Monday.

While Monday is the first time the Bucs veterans and rookies can practice together, a couple rookies were not able to attend due to NFL rules, which state that rookies may not attend any team activity other than the mandated NFL rookie mini-camp until their respective college's spring semester has been completed. This rule applies to all rookies whether they are enrolled in their school's spring semester or not.

Defensive tackle Brian Price, the team's first second-round selection, was not able to attend because UCLA is still in its spring semester. 

Stanford defensive end Erik Lorig, one of Tampa Bay's three seventh-round picks, was thought not to be eligible to attend until his school's spring semester ends in early June. However, he was in attendance but was not participating as he is recovering from a torn pectoral muscle that caused him to miss the rookie mini-camp two weeks ago.
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