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Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano acknowledges fight between Brian Price, Mark Barron

Defensive tackle Brian Price, pressuring Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, apparently threw the first punch in a fight with No. 1 pick Mark Barron when Barron reportedly refused to change seats in the Bucs’ team meeting room.

DANIEL WALLACE | Times

Defensive tackle Brian Price, pressuring Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, apparently threw the first punch in a fight with No. 1 pick Mark Barron when Barron reportedly refused to change seats in the Bucs’ team meeting room.

TAMPA — It has been a month since reports surfaced about a fight in the Bucs team meeting room between defensive tackle Brian Price and rookie safety Mark Barron.

Price, who lost a third sibling when his sister Bridgett James, 33, died from injuries suffered in a car accident in Los Angeles in May, returned to California shortly afterward to grieve and work out with personal trainers, skipping the mandatory minicamp.

Barron, among six of the top eight NFL draft picks who are unsigned, has not reported to training camp with the other Bucs rookies this week.

When the two players eventually cross paths, coach Greg Schiano does not expect any more bad blood to be spilled.

"I hope not," Schiano said Thursday. "We all make mistakes. Be men about it and let's go. Ultimately, everything we do has one goal and that's to bring that trophy back here. We have to put our own personal preferences and whatever disagreements we have aside to do what's best for the club."

Reports of the altercation surfaced in June and indicated that Price threw the first punch after Barron refused to change seats in the meeting room.

The altercation occurred a few weeks after Price was hospitalized for four days in Tampa for mental and physical exhaustion following the death of his sister, whom he described as his "guardian angel.'' Price also had two brothers killed in gang-related shootings before he was 15.

Schiano confirmed the incident but declined to elaborate.

"What happens inside our meetings rooms and that stuff, I like to keep amongst the team," he said. "Certainly, somehow it got out. I'm not thrilled about that, but I'd rather keep that inside."

Schiano said he anticipates all the players to be healthy and ready to participate in the first training camp workout July 27.

"From all my accounts, everybody's going to be here," he said.

The one exception he noted was defensive end Da'Quan Bowers, who suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in the offseason and won't play until late this season, if at all.

Barron is expected to start at strong safety. And while the team is hopeful he will sign soon, Schiano would clearly prefer him to be in camp.

"He's missed some repetitions, especially for a rookie we're counting on," Schiano said. "But I'm hoping that he'll be here soon. That's my hope."

Times staff writer Stephen F. Holder contributed to this report.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano acknowledges fight between Brian Price, Mark Barron 07/19/12 [Last modified: Thursday, July 19, 2012 11:10pm]
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