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Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Aqib Talib won't disclose details of meeting with Roger Goodell

FOSTER FINED: Mason Foster was fined $20,000 by the league for this hit on the Patriots’ Chad Ochocinco. Foster’s forearm and shoulder at one point appeared to hit Ochocinco’s head.

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FOSTER FINED: Mason Foster was fined $20,000 by the league for this hit on the Patriots’ Chad Ochocinco. Foster’s forearm and shoulder at one point appeared to hit Ochocinco’s head.

TAMPA — Bucs CB Aqib Talib declined Wednesday to provide details of his meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday in New York.

"I'm going to keep all the details between me and the commissioner, if you all can respect that," Talib repeated four times in response to media questions about the meeting.

Talib, who missed the first two preseason games with a hamstring injury, hopes to play Saturday against the Dolphins.

"I'm trying to just get healthy, trying to see if I can go and just get right," Talib said. "I'm almost there. I'm trying to get healthy enough to play. That's my goal. I'm almost there."

As for his problems off the field, the latest of which include him being charged in a March shooting in Texas?

"My life isn't different than any of ya'll," Talib said. "There's obstacles. … You've got to know how to handle it."

FINE WITH FINE: Rookie LB Mason Foster has picked up his first league-issued fine.

Foster found out he was fined $20,000 for a hit on Patriots WR Chad Ochocinco in Thursday's exhibition game. Foster's agent, Steve Caric, said he would appeal.

Foster was called for a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty after his forearm and shoulder appeared to go into the head of Ochocinco, breaking up a pass.

"Just got to pay it and keep on going from there," Foster said. "Learn from it."

Ochocinco has praised Foster on Twitter, calling the hit great and offering to pay the fine if one was assessed. According to league rules, Ochocinco isn't allowed to foot the bill, but he reiterated in a Twitter message Wednesday that he intends to reimburse Foster.

"Dad, no disrespect, but I don't agree with (the) fine," Ochocinco sent in a tweet aimed at Goodell. "I'll be reimbursing him personally. Please feel free to contact me."

Foster appreciated the respect.

"Definitely, growing up when you're younger, (Ochocinco) is one of the guys you always see on TV," Foster said. "So it was cool to get respect from another guy. But, at the same time, it's just playing football. I try to go out and hit everybody."

Also, rookie free agent S Devin Holland was fined $10,000 for a shot on Patriots RB Danny Woodhead, Holland's agent, Ben Gibson, said. The NFL determined Holland used his helmet to strike Woodhead, who was wobbly and had teammates rush to his aid.

HIGH PRAISE: S Cody Grimm was playing at a high level before a broken leg cut his season short last year. And coach Raheem Morris said that after his rehabilitation and recovery, Grimm looks like he did before the injury.

"I think he's right there," Morris said. "I can't wait to get him into full-time, game-time mode. … He continues to play well every time he gets the opportunity. He's one of those guys that is practicing well, one of those guys that are very opportunistic."

NEXT STEP: Morris said he'd like to see a faster start against Miami than the Bucs had against the Patriots.

The starting unit is expected to play the entire first half.

"We'd like to see better speed, better poise, and execute a drive," Morris said. "How many teams go right up the field and score a touchdown? You don't want to put that kind of expectations, but you'd like to get your tempo going, a groove going, where you pick up two first downs and keep it moving, keep the chains moving."

BLACKOUT: As expected, the Miami game will be blacked out on local television. Ch. 10 will show the game on tape delay at 11:30 p.m. Saturday and again at noon Sunday.

POWER UP: Morris has been impressed with DE Da'Quan Bowers, saying he's starting to notice the power in the rookie's game on film.

"I felt great about where Bowers is going," Morris said. "You see him get better and better every practice. He's coming off (January knee) surgery as well. You see him get stronger. He's really starting to develop his power rush, and he's really starting to understand that it's going to be probably one of his big-time tools in this league. He's a (Michael) Strahan-looking, Kevin Carter-looking type of guy, and those guys went on strength and power."

PRICE might play: Morris thinks DT Brian Price (pelvis) could play Saturday, saying it's been "one of his better practice weeks since he's been back."

Joe Smith can be reached at joesmith@sptimes.com.

Preseason schedule

Saturday: vs. Dolphins, 7:30, Ch. 10 (local blackout due to NFL rules)

Sept. 1: at Redskins, 7:30, Ch. 10

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