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Trueblood: I'm not a dirty player



Bucs right tackle Jeremy Trueblood dismissed accusations by several Chicago Bears defensive linemen that he is a 'dirty player.'

The Bears accused Trueblood of igniting and overtime scuffle last Sunday that resulted in Chicago cornerback Charles Tillman being flagged for a personal foul -- a penalty that led to the Bucs' 27-24 win.

The Bears claimed that Trueblood took swings at Adewale Ogunleye and Tommie Harris while on the ground. Trueblood has accused an unidentified Bears player of grabbing his genitals.

"I'm not trying to be dirty, I'm just trying to play hard,'' Trueblood said Wednesday.

"It's a thin line, it's a mutual respect line that I try to tiptoe every week. I try to be respectful. I think everyone else tries to be respectful. But every once in awhile, I guess sometimes people's tempers flare.''

There's an outside chance Trueblood may have his old linemate back this weekend. Right guard Davin Joseph, who has been out five weeks with a broken foot, may participate in practice on a limited basis this week.

"It's hard to say what you really consider practice,'' Joseph said. "I don't know what role they'll have me doing today. I'll find out as practice goes and hopefully, as the week goes on, everything goes right.''




[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:12pm]


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