Sunday, May 27, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Lavonte David confirms fine for Geno Smith hit

TAMPA — As if knowing his last-minute mistake cost the Bucs a victory Sunday wasn't hard enough, LB Lavonte David confirmed Thursday his out-of-bounds hit of Jets QB Geno Smith resulted in a fine from the NFL.

David confirmed what nfl.com first reported — a fine of $7,875 — and intends to appeal, saying he understands the league's goal of protecting quarterbacks.

"(The fine) did surprise me, actually," he said. "But … you get a personal foul on a quarterback, I guess that's the consequence."

The Bucs took a 17-15 lead on a Rian Lindell field goal with 34 seconds to play. On the ensuing drive, David's hit drew a 15-yard penalty, moving the ball to the Bucs 30. Nick Folk followed with a 48-yard field goal.

David said he has gotten support from teammates but has moved past the setback, just as the team stresses putting behind wins and losses after games.

"It's a disappointment," he said. "That was Sunday. Came in Monday with a whole new mind-set; looking forward … to playing against the Saints."

Speaking of the Saints: David said the Saints offense presents a big challenge, calling QB Drew Brees a future Hall of Famer. But he added he learned a lot from last season's two losses, when Brees threw for a combined 684 yards, eight touchdowns and one interception.

"If you give him some seams, he's going to pick you apart," David said. "You have to be more disciplined in your assignments. One thing we've been doing (during practice) is communicating. Hopefully, that can transfer over to the game."

NEW INJURY: Starting DE Adrian Clayborn was added to the injury list, the team saying he was limited at practice by a hip injury.

Starting G Carl Nicks (toe, MRSA infection) again was limited. CB Rashaan Melvin (hamstring) had full participation a day after being limited, and FB Erik Lorig (calf), who missed the Jets game, fully participated.

CB Michael Adams (knee) is listed as out, and TE Tom Crabtree (ankle) did not participate.

OBSERVING LATER: T/G Gabe Carimi, who is Jewish, said in past seasons he has observed 25 hours of fasting for the holiday of Yom Kippur; even if it comes during the day before a game, as it does this year — sundown tonight to sundown Saturday.

"But I think this year I'm going to have to postpone it," said Carimi, who has been battling a cold and expects to observe the holiday next week. "I've fasted on the day before a game, but it was different circumstances. It was a night game in Wisconsin rather than a 4 o'clock game in Tampa."

WORK IN PROGRESS: Former Florida Gators running back and Olympic sprinter Jeff Demps continues to practice — he fielded kickoffs Thursday — but coach Greg Schiano reiterated the Bucs likely will use all of his two-week roster exemption before a transaction is made.

Demps said he hasn't talked to coaches about a specific position while working on returns and getting into football shape.

Greg Auman can be reached at [email protected]

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