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Morris says he did not know CB Aqib Talib was at Bucs-Browns game, a violation of his suspension



Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris said he did not know on Sunday that cornerback Aqib Talib watched the Bucs-Browns game from a suite at Raymond James Stadium, a violation of Talib's one-game suspension.

Talib has been cleared to play Sunday at Carolina as the NFL will not conclude its review of the case until next week.

Suspended players are not permitted to attend games, even as spectators. Talib watched the Bucs beat the Browns 17-14 from his suite at RJS, then told reporters on Wedneday that he viewed the game on television from his home in Dallas. 

"Did I know Aqib was at the game? No. I mean, no, I didn't,'' Morris said. "But it is what it is, man. It's being handled by the league, it's being handled by us and that's all I know.''

Talib will be assigned to cover Panthers wideout Steve Smith. A year ago, he held Smith to one catch for four yards. 

"I know that stuff is being handled and I know he's covering Steve Smith this week,'' Morris said. "He's fired up about that. We're going to go out there and let him (cover) Steve and he'll have an opportunity to play some thirds and play some man and really stand up. You know, you have to do some things on Steve when you've got those kinds of corners and he's that kind of guy, so he'll go out there and follow him around for us.''


[Last modified: Friday, September 17, 2010 1:48pm]


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