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Talib apologizes for helmet incident

Cornerback Aqib Talib said he apologized Thursday to the team for his altercation with tackle Donald Penn.

Torrie Cox, who was trying to play peace-maker, received stitches for a facial laceration Wednesday when he was inadvertently struck by Talib's helmet during practice.

"It was a small altercation that kind of got bigger than we wanted it to get,'' Talib said. "Still, it's football. It's a competitive nature out there. Me and Donald, we let our emotions get the best of us and it just kind of got out of hand out there.''

Talib, who was involved in an altercation with rookie running back Cory Boyd at the NFL Rookie Symposium last year, says he needs to work on controlling his emotions.

"I've definitely got to work on it,'' Talib said. "It's a family though. When you're out here with your brothers, I'm sure a lot of us have brothers and sisters. I mean, you fight. It comes with being a family. We're all brothers out here. Me and Donald, we're perfectly fine today. It's behind us. We're ready to work hard and move on.''

On Thursday, coach Raheem Morris scrapped plans for a regular practice and ordered a special teams workout instead.

"We're a family, so we all got punished together,'' Talib said. "We went out and did our little running, we all got punished together. So it wasn't just me and Donald that got punished, we got punished as a team because we're a team.''

Talib said he was pulled aside by several veteran players following the incident.

"Of course, they gave me my slap on the wrist,'' Talib said. "The guys -- (Jeff) Faine, (Chris) Hovan -- the guys who were supposed to come up and talk to me, they definitely came up and said what they had to say to me. It's behind us though. It was a small altercation. It got a little out of hand.

"I talked to Torrie all last night, I was over there. We're good. We're definitely good. We're all back with a big smile on our faces.''

Talib said he was thankful Cox's injuries weren't more severe.

"He got some stitches, but it could've been worse,'' Talib said. "At least it was just stitches. He'll be all right. His head is good. It could've been a lot worse than it was. But he definitely did get a cut on his face.''

Talib said he understands removing his helmet and swinging it at another player crossed the line.

"Definitely, you've got to sit back and look at what you did,'' Talib said. "You've just got to make the best of it and build on it. I'm 23 and I'm glad I got it out of the way when I was 23, so I'll never do that again.''


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:33pm]


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