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Packers don't call Bucs 'dirty' but will be ready — and wary

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Last week, several members of the Bears defense labeled the Bucs offensive linemen as a bunch of dirty players.

The Packers have studied the Bucs all week, say they know what they're getting into and promise to be prepared.

But the Green Bay defensive linemen were reluctant to label the Bucs as cheap-shot artists before they see for themselves today.

"They're the kind of offensive line that if the whistle ain't blown and you're standing around a pile, they're going to hit you," defensive tackle Ryan Pickett said. "All of them play like that. That's not even necessary.

"Some (lines) in the league will ease up so they won't hurt nobody, but they're not that kind of offensive line. Must be how they're coached."

Bucs tackles Donald Penn and Jeremy Trueblood were fined $5,000 each for incidents in a 27-24 overtime win last week at Chicago.

Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris went off on the Bucs afterward. "Their line is dirty, and we knew that coming in," he said. "I guess they thought they were going to come in here and just think we were going to accept that."

Neither Cullen Jenkins nor Jason Hunter of the Packers saw dirty play by Tampa Bay in its three games. But Green Bay's defensive line coaches have warned their charges to be wary.

"They have an aggressive bunch that plays with a chip on their shoulders," said Hunter, a third-year defensive end. "You're going to have tempers. But once the whistle blows, all those cheap shots, punching the guy in the face, there's really no place for that in NFL football."

Packers don't call Bucs 'dirty' but will be ready — and wary 09/27/08 [Last modified: Monday, September 29, 2008 12:29pm]
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