Two of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers more loquacious players were involved in a fight in practice that resulted in an injury to a teammate on Wednesday. Cornerback Aqib Talib and left tackle Donald Penn started a tussle that resulted in an injury to cornerback Torrie Cox.
Talib was in the act of swinging his helmet at Penn, and as it went behind him it struck Cox in the face causing lacerations. The medical staff attended to Cox's lacerations. Talib and Penn are known as two of the biggest trash-talkers on the team, so for them to be involved in a fight is not surprising.
Penn texted his account of the incident to Pewter Report's Scott Reynolds: "It was nothing but an argument. It's not a big deal. Everybody is good."
Bucs players have told Pewter Report that minor tussles like the one that Talib and Penn were in are not a big deal, or all that abnormal for a practice. What was out of the ordinary was a player needing to be attended to by the training staff as a result. During the team's mini-camp in April that was open to the media, tight end John Gilmore and a reserve linebacker got into a heated wrestling match at the conclusion of a play.
Talib was also involved in another well-publicized fight with a teammate last season. At the rookie symposium Talib and seventh-round pick Cory Boyd got into a fight. Boyd was cut from the Buccaneers at the offset of training camp. Bucs head coach Raheem Morris will likely address Wednesday's fight after Tampa Bay's OTA session on Thursday when he takes questions from the media.
Tampa Bay general manager Mark Dominik commented on the incident, telling the media via an e-mail released through the team's public relations department: "We are discussing the specifics of this situation and will provide an update as we proceed."
This story was updated at 8:28 p.m. on May 20, 2009