Monday, December 18, 2017
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs safety Ahmad Black will play despite marijuana citation

TAMPA — Bucs S Ahmad Black, cited by Tampa police last week for possession of a small amount of marijuana, was disciplined internally but will play Sunday against the Chargers, coach Greg Schiano said Wednesday.

Schiano wouldn't disclose the punishment but said he had "candid conversations" with Black and addressed the team about recent off-the-field issues that have made headlines.

"Rest assured, it's been addressed," Schiano said.

Black was charged with possession of cannabis, less than 20 grams, according to court records. The charge is a first-degree misdemeanor. He was not arrested but given a notice to appear for the alleged offense, which occurred Oct. 30. An arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 3. Black could still face penalties under the NFL's personal-conduct policy ranging from a fine to a suspension.

"It's pending right now. The full story will come out later on," Black said.

"I'm just sorry to disappoint my teammates and be a distraction right now. But everything else will take care of itself."

The Bucs secondary has had other off-the-field problems this season. CB Aqib Talib, traded to the Patriots last week, was suspended four games for violating the league's drug policy, saying he used Adderall. Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported last week CB Eric Wright faces a four-game suspension for using Adderall. (Wright played Sunday and continues to practice.)

Schiano said each situation has different circumstances that are considered and discussed with general manager Mark Dominik and his staff. With Black, Schiano believes their "internal action is appropriate right now."

"I'm frustrated, but at the same time, you need to handle every situation independently," Schiano said. "I talked with our team about it, and I really believe they understand. But yet we had another mistake, so we have to get it remedied.

"Now the league still has to make a decision what they're going to do, and the courts have to decide."

MORE MARTIN: Accolades and attention continue for rookie RB Doug Martin, who was named NFC offensive player of the week Wednesday.

Martin, a first-round pick out of Boise State, racked up a club-record 251 yards rushing against the Raiders on Sunday, tied for 10th most in league history. Since then, Martin has been a hot commodity with the national media.

He went on ESPN's Mike & Mike radio show Tuesday morning, chatted with Sports Illustrated's Peter King on Wednesday and is scheduled to tape an interview for ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown this week.

CBS Sports Network's Jim Rome Show and ESPN's Pardon the Interruption also requested him.

Martin also caught the attention of Chargers coach Norv Turner, who is charged with stopping him Sunday.

"It was an incredible performance," Turner said. "When you couple it with the performance he had the week before at Minnesota 214 total yards), you start looking at it and saying … this is who the guy is. There's been some guys who had one game, but he's done it back to back. And he's showing signs of doing it like that in a lot of the games.

"Everyone has their own style. But he's got that thing that some of the great running backs I've been around had. The size, they're compact. They get in behind the offensive line, are hard to find, break a lot of tackles, and he's fast. It's an awfully good combination."

Turner said he hates to make comparisons, especially one with Martin and Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith. But the one-time Cowboys offensive coordinator acknowledged, "There's no question there are things he does that are Emmitt-like."

MISCELLANY: DE Michael Bennett (left shoulder) did not practice, but Schiano said he believes he'll be fine for Sunday. … The Bucs are hosting a military supply drive outside all Raymond James Stadium gates from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m Sunday. Fans are asked to donate coffee, hygiene items, nonperishable food, CDs and DVDs. They will be shipped to bases overseas.

Joe Smith can be reached at [email protected]

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