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OPENER WILL BE SEEN ON TV

You can still buy tickets for Sunday's season opener against the Cowboys, but the Bucs on Thursday said it won't be blacked out.

A limited number of nonpremium seats remained available as of Thursday. The NFL requires games be sold out (not including premium seats) 72 hours before kickoff or it won't air within a 75-mile radius of the stadium.

The league has maintained it has no plans to make exceptions because of the economic downturn. But it appears the Bucs are close enough to a sellout that the league has decided to, in effect, look the other way.

The Bucs didn't comment on the NFL's decision or the number of tickets remaining.

The Bucs have not had a home game blacked out since moving into Raymond James Stadium in 1998. But there are possible blackouts brewing elsewhere.

For example, the Bengals on Thursday were granted a 24-hour extension to sell about 5,000 seats. The Cardinals received an extension to sell about 1,700.

TRANSACTIONS: The final spot on the practice squad was filled with the signing of former Titans P A.J. Trapasso.

You might remember Trapasso for the touchdown he scored in August's Hall of Fame game on a fake punt. About two weeks later, he created a stir by hitting the videoboard at the Cowboys' new stadium.

The Bucs plan to go with Dirk Johnson against the Cowboys. But GM Mark Dominik said Trapasso will get some looks in practice next week.

"You've got to bring guys in here for constant competition," coach Raheem Morris said. "You don't want anybody to get comfortable."

Later in the day, the team released CB William Middleton andpromoted CB Kyle Arrington from the practice squad. Middletonwas claimed off waivers from the Falcons on Sunday. Arringtonspent most of 2008 on Tampa Bay's practice squad and the offseason with the Bucs, so he is familiar with the system.

FALSE START: TE Kellen Winslow had Morris thinking it was time. With the Bucs practicing in shirts and shorts, Winslow emerged from the locker room in full gear, including shoulder pads. It's become something of a habit for the offseason acquisition from the Browns.

"Kellen is a full-pads guy, and he wants to be as ready as he can for Sunday," Morris said. "He wants to get used to Florida and embrace the heat. He may be buying into what I'm saying a little too much.

"I thought the national anthem was about to go off."

TALIB UPDATE: Assistant State Attorney Richard Ripplinger said his office met this week with CB Torrie Cox and LB Angelo Crowell, who witnessed CB Aqib Talib's Aug. 19 arrest on allegations of simple battery and resisting arrest without violence. Ripplinger said a decision on filing charges likely will come next week.

INJURY REPORT: Rookie DE Kyle Moore did not practice and was added to the injury list with a slight groin strain. CB E.J. Biggers (shoulder) returned while TE John Gilmore (ankle) and LB Adam Hayward sat. WRs Antonio Bryant and Michael Clayton, both coming off injuries, were limited as a precaution, Morris said.

Times staff writer Joe Smithcontributed to this report.Stephen F. Holder can be reachedat sholder@sptimes.com

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