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Bucs LT Penn tries to regroup from bad performance last week in time to face Cowboys' Ware



Bucs left tackle Donald Penn had his worst game of the season last week against the Jaguars, according to coach Raheem Morris.

Penn doesn't disagree with that assessment.

The Bucs' Pro Bowler allowed a first half sack by Jacksonville linebacker Daryl Smith that resulted in a Josh Freeman fumble recovered for a touchdown by Jags' defensive tackle Nate Collins in a 41-14 loss.

Freeman was harrassed all day, sacked three times, pulled down by his facemask for a personal foul and hit on two other occasions. He also threw two interceptions.

"You guys said it was my worst game of the season. I'm not happy with the way I played,'' Penn said Monday. "We'll see how this week goes. I'm not happy with myself, I need to play better. I can't let up. I always talk about it. I did, I'll be the first one to stand here and tell you. I wish I could have three or four plays back. It would've helped us. But I've got to do better. I hold myself to high standards and that wasn't good enough on my part. I'd be the first one to tell you. I've got to get better. What perfect way to get better than this weekend.''

Penn's assignment is much tougher this week. He will be facing Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware, one of the league's most dominant pass rushers who is second in the NFL with 15 sacks and has 94 for his career.

"He's having a great year this year,'' Penn said. "Man, it's going to be tough. The thing about it, I know, every time we talk, he's going to come at me. We're going to have a good battle and he's a good player. I'm going to have to really recoup. I put some bad things on film last week, I've got to make sure I switch it up and change it up so he doesn't take advantage of what I did. But that wasn't me. I've got to play better. What better way of doing it than going against him?''


[Last modified: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 2:40pm]


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