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Aqib Talib sits out with slight hamstring strain



Cornerback Aqib Talib missed this morning's practice at One Buc Place with what coach Greg Schiano called hamstring "tweak."

"I don't think it's bad," Schiano said, "but (as a precaution) we put him on the (exercise) bike today."

Myron Lewis took Talib's place in the starting defense. Also on the injury front, safeties Mark Barron (toe) and Ronde Barber (undisclosed) were back in action. Barron doesn't appear to be 100 percent, but he did more today than he has in the past several days.

Defensive end Michael Bennett (undisclosed) is still limited. George Johnson continues to take first-team snaps in his place.

Finally, we asked Schiano about the progress of starting left tackle Donald Penn, who continues to rehab a calf strain that will sideline him a few weeks.

"Penn is coming along well," Schiano said. "Like I told you when it happened, it's not a little thing. It's going to take him some time to get back. He is doing well but he's not ready to go."

Penn continues to work with trainers during practice, today running while dragging weights on a sled. He seems to be adding to his workload daily, a good sign for the Bucs.

[Last modified: Monday, August 6, 2012 1:14pm]


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