During a precamp interview Tuesday, Bucs general manager Bruce Allen dismissed reports about an altercation between draft picks Aqib Talib and Cory Boyd at an NFL Rookie Symposium as "blown out of proportion.'
"We had employees who were also at that rookie symposium and I think it was blown out of proportion on many of the reports I've seen," Allen said. "That was handled about three minutes after the reports came out.
"We talked to them. First of all, it wasn't as elaborate as some of the reports said. People have disagreements all the time. Just ask my middle brother how many time we have arguments."
Bengals' Palmer plays down digs at Ohio State
A day after his pro-USC, anti-Ohio State comments blew up on the Internet, Bengals quarterback and former USC star Carson Palmer tried to make peace with Buckeyes fans — many of whom live in Cincinnati.
Here's what Palmer said through a Bengals spokesman:
"I'm a Trojan all the way, and I was talking to a Trojan audience in California. I guess I got a little fired up, as all good fans will do. But I really do respect the Buckeyes, and I know their fans are passionate, too. I hope they all understand I'm just looking forward to a big game for my school against a very tough opponent, and that it's all in the good fun of a rivalry."
In the original quotes Thursday Palmer said: "I don't watch what I say. ... I cannot stand the Buckeyes, and having to live in Ohio and hear those people talk about their team, it drives me absolutely nuts. It's amazing to hear what those guys think about that university and that football program and (coach Jim) Tressel and all … I've got to put up with being back there.''
In other Bengals news, coach Marvin Lewis closed the door on the possibility of receiver Chris Henry rejoining the team. The Bengals released Henry in April after he was arrested for the fifth time, and the NFL suspended him indefinitely. His court case ended in a mistrial and prosecutors dropped the charges, prompting Henry to seek reinstatement.
REID SON SENTENCED: A son of Eagles coach Andy Reid was sentenced to two years in a drug rehabilitation program. Garrett Reid, 25, had pleaded guilty in May to trying to smuggle dozens of pills into jail while he was serving time for a car crash that injured a motorist.
Bears: Coach Lovie Smith said that as training camp opens today, the competition at quarterback is even between Rex Grossman and Kyle Orton. Smith said there is no set date to name the starter, and that the team is not interested in the Packers' Brett Favre. Grossman said what's happened during his injury-filled and erratic first five seasons is behind him. "The past or the future doesn't really matter. I'm living in the now right now," the former Gator said. "In some ways I think everyone has to prove themselves every single year."
Chargers: Defensive end Luis Castillo agreed to a five-year extension valued at about $43-million.
GIANTS: First-round pick Kenny Phillips, a safety from Miami, agreed to terms. New York, which lost starting safety Gibril Wilson to Oakland in free agency, has every pick signed. Training camp starts Thursday.
RAMS: Seven-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle Orlando Pace is close to returning from a shoulder injury that kept him out most of last season, but will begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list.
REDSKINS: Defensive end Jason Taylor had a new number — 55, though Andre Carter is willing to consider giving up 99, Taylor's number with the Dolphins — and new faces to get accustomed to during his first practice. "It's kind of like being a rookie," he said. "But I'm not buying doughnuts or carrying anybody's pads.''
TEXANS: Third-round pick Steve Slaton, a running back from West Virginia, was among three who signed.
Vikings: Fifth-round pick Letroy Guion, a defensive tackle from FSU, agreed to terms.
Times staff writer Rick Stroud contributed to this report.