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Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano 'concerned' about Aqib Talib's legal situation

Bucs coach Greg Schiano says he's 'concerned,' about the status of cornerback Aqib Talib, who goes on trial June 25 in Dallas County on charges of assault with a deadly weapon. He also said the Bucs have a 'plan in case,' Talib is found guilty.

Talib, who was suspended the first game of 2010 for an assault on a St. Petersburg cab driver, could face further sanctions from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell if convicted of any charge stemming from an gun incident in Garland, Texas in March of 2011.

"Well, anytime you have a guy where there's an off-the-field situation that could affect his on-the-field situation, you're concerned,'' Schiano said. "The thing that I can tell you is since I arrived here Jan. 26, he's been awesome. The way he's worked, he's been here every day. I hope that it's left behind him and there isn't anything and that we can move forward because, again, I can only judge people since I've been involved. I can't stick my head in the sand, as I've said before, but on the other hand...he's been extremely focused and here, doing everything that we asked. So I'm pleased with that and hope everything can just kind of sort itself out and we can get back to life...normal situation.''

The Bucs have some options if Talib has to miss any games in 2012. Ronde Barber, who has moved to free safety, could always return to cornerback opposite free agent Eric Wright. And the Bucs have some strong competition at cornerback between E.J. Biggers, Anthony Gaitor, Keith Tandy and Myron Lewis.

"You always as a head coach have to have those plans just in case,'' Schiano said. "I hope like heck we don't ever have to dust them off. But yeah, we have a plan in case, so like I said, I'm hoping we don't need it.''

Talib was not made available for comment during the Bucs three-day mandatory minicamp, which ended Thursday.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano 'concerned' about Aqib Talib's legal situation 06/14/12 [Last modified: Thursday, June 14, 2012 2:54pm]
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