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Torrie Cox injured after being hit by Aqib Talib's helmet

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Torrie Cox received a facial laceration when he was inadvertently struck by a helmet swung by teammate Aqib Talib during a voluntary offseason workout Wednesday.

Talib, the Buccaneers' first-round pick in 2008, was intending to hit offensive tackle Donald Penn. Talib and Penn began arguing during a team drill.

"Everything is fine,'' Penn said. "Brothers fight all the time. It happens.''

Cox was treated by the team medical staff. Penn indicated that the injuries were "minor.''

"It wasn't really a fight,'' Penn said. "It was a verbal fight. I don't want it to be a bigger deal than it is. This stuff happens all the time, but you don't hear about it in the media.''

Talib has had issues controlling his temper since being drafted by the Bucs last season. At an NFL rookie symposium, he fought with rookie running back Cory Boyd.

-- RICK STROUD and STEPHEN F. HOLDER, Times Staff Writers

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


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