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Bucs' Trueblood denies Bears' allegation of dirty play

TAMPA — RT Jeremy Trueblood dismissed accusations by several Chicago defensive linemen that he is a "dirty player."

The Bears accused Trueblood of igniting an overtime scuffle Sunday that resulted in Chicago CB Charles Tillman being flagged for a personal foul — a penalty that extended the Bucs' winning drive.

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

"I'm not trying to be dirty. I'm just trying to play hard," he 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 a while, I guess sometimes people's tempers flare."

Bucs coach Jon Gruden said his offensive line plays physical and scoffed at the notion the tactics were underhanded.

"They're not dirty," he said. "I'll reiterate they're not dirty. We're physical. We want them to be physical. I don't want anybody to play dirty. We've already made a big issue here."

joseph back: G Davin Joseph returned to practice in a full-time capacity for the first time since breaking his foot Aug. 17.

Gruden said Joseph will be available to play in some capacity against the Packers on Sunday.

"He wouldn't be out there practicing, preparing to play this week if there was any potential he would have a setback," Gruden said. "We've been very cautious. We've done the right thing. The injury has healed. We'll see how he feels after a pretty good practice today."

CLOSER LOOK AT STEVENS: The NFL is reviewing a gesture TE Jerramy Stevens made after his touchdown Sunday. Stevens made a slashing motion near his groin. NFL officials will not comment on the review until a determination is made and/or Stevens is notified.

INJURY UPDATE: FB B.J. Askew (hamstring), LB Derrick Brooks (hamstring), WR Joey Galloway (foot) and DT Ryan Sims (hamstring) did not practice. QB Brian Griese, still sore from Sunday, was limited. RB Warrick Dunn was held out per his routine on Wednesday. Gruden said it's unlikely Galloway would play.

Bucs' Trueblood denies Bears' allegation of dirty play 09/24/08 [Last modified: Thursday, September 25, 2008 7:03pm]

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