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Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Cornerback Aqib Talib's clear mind; receiver Mike Williams' beard

Training camp

Where: One Buc Place, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, just east of Raymond James Stadium, Tampa

Admission: Free

Et cetera: All practices are weather permitting and subject to change. For updates, go to buccaneers.com.

Schedules

Public practices

Today: 8:45 to 11:30 a.m.

Sun.: 8:45 to 11:30 a.m.

Wed.: 8:45 to 11:30 a.m.

Fri.: 8:45 to 11:30 a.m.

Aug. 4: 6:30 to 9 p.m. *

Aug. 6: 8:45 to 11:30 a.m.

Aug. 7: 8:45 to 11:30 a.m.

* Intrasquad scrimmage at Raymond James Stadium; free parking, autograph sessions, $1 hot dogs and soft drinks, and fireworks

Preseason games

Aug. 10: at Dolphins, 7:30, Ch. 10

Aug. 17: Titans, 7:30, Ch. 10 *

Aug. 24: Patriots, 7:30, Ch. 10 *

Aug. 29: at Redskins, 7:30, Ch. 10

* Subject to blackout

Talib has much less on his mind

Charges of felony assault with a deadly weapon against Aqib Talib were dismissed last month in Texas. As a result, the cornerback said, he enters this season with a clear mind.

"You just sleep better, eat better," Talib said. "Wake up with nothing to think about but football. Feed the kids some cereal, and you're back to thinking about football. You don't have to worry about calling a lawyer or a lawyer calling you or texting you."

It's the first time in three seasons Talib does not begin camp with a legal cloud over his head. In 2010, the league suspended him one game for punching a St. Petersburg cab driver. At the start of last season, he had to meet with commissioner Roger Goodell about his case in Texas.

Under the hair is a receiver

Rest assured, the bearded player at practice Friday wearing No. 19 and "Williams" on the back of his jersey was, indeed, Mike Williams.

If you didn't recognize the receiver, it's because his face was partly obscured by one massive, thick beard.

Williams said it took him about a month to grow the beard, which he likened to NBA standout James Harden.

Minor injuries

• Cornerback E.J. Biggers, above, sustained a left leg injury while colliding with a receiver. Coach Greg Schiano did not seem concerned but had no update on his status.

• Talib, quarterback Josh Freeman, guard Carl Nicks, and tight end Collin Franklin suffered heat-related dehydration but finished practice.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Cornerback Aqib Talib's clear mind; receiver Mike Williams' beard 07/27/12 [Last modified: Friday, July 27, 2012 9:04pm]
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