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Tempers flare at Bucs workout



The heat finally got to them.

The Bucs had a pretty good fight break out Thursday between left tackle Demar Dotson and rookie free agent defensive end James Ruffin.

Players from both the offense and defense jumped in to break up the altercation, which lasted about 20 seconds.

"Those guys got a little chippy with each other,'' coach Raheem Morris said. "They were able to get that out of their system and they had a little jog together, holding hands and discussing their future and their plans later.

"That always happens a little bit. We've been fortunate not to waste as much time as a lot of people have to. We haven't had many skirmishes with the leadership up front with Jeff Faine and Ronde Barber's participation and some of those types of guys...we kind of keep our composure a little bit. We had some chippiness the other day amongst defensive guys about communication. But you don't want to waste time breaking up skirmishes.''

After practice, Dotson and Ruffin came together on a separate field to settle their differences with trainer Todd Toriscelli.

This, of course, is supposed to be a non-contact workout.

"Every once in awhile, you get a bump just like you would uin a basketball game or on a baseball diamond,'' Morris said.

[Last modified: Monday, July 19, 2010 2:41pm]


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