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Bucs wary of fluid loss

With temperatures routinely reaching the 90s during training camp, coach Tony Dungy plans on giving his players breaks from the normal two-a-day routine.

Several players were given IVs after the two-hour practice Tuesday morning. Defensive backs Clifton Abraham and Donnie Abraham both said they needed three IV bags to replenish lost liquids. Clifton said he lost 15 pounds while Donnie lost 8.

Coach Tony Dungy limited the afternoon session to a special-teams drill, saying he had talked to former Dolphins coach Don Shula and and current coach Jimmy Johnson for advice.

"Part of the schedule is set up so you do hard work and then you have a couple of days to recover," Dungy said. "We want to give the bigger guys a chance to recover."

The Bucs will practice from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. today and then have their lone evening practice of the week at 7:30 p.m.

LONG CHARGED: Linebacker Juan Long has been accused of assaulting his girlfriend, and the Bucs acknowledged that he could face criminal charges.

"We know the police department is investigating this; we're waiting for all the facts to come to light before we address it," Dungy said. "We've talked to Juan about it."

Dungy said the team has been aware of the allegation for some time and has investigated. Tampa Bay general manager Rich McKay declined to comment.

Long, 24, signed with the Bucs after the 1995 season. The former Mississippi State player was in camp with the Chargers in 1994 and '95 but waived each time.

Wide receiver Lamar Thomas was charged with assaulting his pregnant fiancee during a Fourth of July celebration, and the team released Thomas last week.

INJURY UPDATE: Tackle Steve Ingram (hyperextended knee) is out indefinitely. Receiver Charles Wilson returned to practice after twisting his right knee Monday.

Bucs training camp

WHERE: Pepin/Rood Stadium on campus of University of Tampa.

DAILY SCHEDULE: Workouts 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. are open to public. Schedule is subject to change because of weather.

_ JOHN ROMANO

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