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Mark Dominik: If Talib's out, 'next man up'



With Bucs star cornerback Aqib Talib meeting today with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell about his role in an offseason shooting in Texas, the Bucs know there's a realistic chance Talib will face a significant suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.

Here's what general manager Mark Dominik had to say in his first comments on the matter:

"Obviously, in the preseason, we’ve had an opportunity to see a lot of young guys play and step up. I think a couple guys have played well for us in the preseason. It is what it is in this league. Sometimes you have tough injuries you have to deal with. Sometimes you have other things that could affect your football team. As coach (Raheem) Morris said, next man up. That’s how we’ll handle it."

The Bucs have gotten no indication on a timeline from the league office on possible punishment for Talib.

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 23, 2011 1:28pm]


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