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Contact at Bucs OTA, Could NFL Investigate?

Last week, in the aftermath of a first-day-of-OTAs fight between Buccaneers defensive tackle Akeem Spence and center Jeremy Zuttah, Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune said on 98.7 The Fan that contact was indeed occurring at the teams offseason practices.

Its football practice, without pads, Cummings said. Ill tell you what, Greg Schiano is right on the border of getting investigated and possibly I dont know if they would fine him, I dont know what the penalty is but these guys are out there, theyre hitting. . . . Theres no pads on, but Im telling you, the linemen, these guys are hitting. People are going down on the ground. And its interesting. I mean, most of this was second- and third-team guys, it wasnt the front-line guys. So theres a little bit of what Jon Gruden used to call practice etiquette that I think has to be learned here, but theyre going at it pretty good.

Cummings pointed to the Zuttah-Spence fight, and said it was a 22-man melee that went on for a while all due to the fact that there was contact between the linemen.

I cant imagine its being ordered, I think its just guys being a little overzealous, trying to earn a spot, Cummings added. And thats part of what this part of the season is about.

Source: Mike Florio, NBC Sports Pro Football Talk


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