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Bucs Morris on possibility of losing Talib to suspension: 'Don't even blink'



Bucs coach Raheem Morris said he would treat a possible suspension of cornerback Aqib Talib for the second straight season as if it were an injury.

Talib was scheduled to meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in New York Tuesday. He faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon stemming from his role in a shooting in Garland, Texas March 21.

"For me, it's next man up,'' Morris said Tuesday. "I don't even look at it that way. It's the next guy out of the box. There's a reason you practice, there's a reason you practice with depth. There's a reason Mark Dominik drafts and steals corners from people because we prepare for everything. We want to be the deepest team in the league and the youngest team in the league, hungry, go out and play. I wish Aqib nothing but the best, but next man up theory. Don't even blink.''

Talib, who was suspended for the first game last season due to an off-field incident in 2009, missed the Bucs two preseason games with a hamstring injury. He also missed the final month of 2010 with a hip injury.

E. J. Biggers, a seventh-round pick in 2009, has started for Talib at right cornerback and figures to do so again.

"E.J. was out there competing, he's been doing the last couple times this happened,'' Morris said. "He's done a nice job. But these guys are all in camp and they're all fighting. (D.J.) Johnson, Elbert Mack. Myron Lewis coming back today. We'll have a chance to let those guys compete. We're still in a training camp mode. We've got to make it through the rest of the training camp first.''

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 23, 2011 7:27pm]


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