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BUCS MAKE NO EXCUSES

CB Johnthan Banks took part of the mystery out of Sunday's loss to the Saints.

Banks admitted Tuesday morning that he deserved the illegal use of hands penalty he received on third down in overtime. New Orleans got an automatic first down and scored the winning touchdown nine plays later.

"I did it," Banks said. "It was a penalty."

And it was one of the 15 the Bucs were flagged for Sunday - a point of emphasis that was still stinging in the locker room two days later.

"Fifteen penalties? That's crazy," Banks said. "We don't have 15 penalties, who knows how bad we could have beat those guys."

The Bucs were penalized nine more times than the Saints. That's just the fourth time in the last seven years that one NFL team had at least 15 penalties and the other had six or fewer.

But the Bucs weren't making excuses Tuesday. DL Da'Quan Bowers said some penalties are forgivable, like hitting a player in the face while playing hard. Others, like offside, are inexcusable. WR Louis Murphy said he apologized to coach Lovie Smith for taking trash-talking "a little bit too far" and drawing a 15-yard penalty.

Including penalties that were declined, the Bucs have been flagged 57 times - second-most in the league, behind Pittsburgh (65). They rank near the bottom of the league with four delay-of- game penalties, five illegal use of the hands calls and seven defensive holdings.

"We're not paying attention to all the details," LT Anthony Collins said, "and it's killing us."

GLAZER THREATS EMERGE: The Bucs' late owner, Malcolm Glazer, received several threats in 2005 when he was trying to acquire Manchester United, according to a report Tuesday by the Associated Press.

The AP received 120 pages of records from the FBI about the threats.

One man apparently made multiple phone threats against Glazer and his family as the Glazers tried to land the famed English soccer club.

The FBI investigated but couldn't identify who made the threats and the NFL boosted its security around the Glazers, according to the AP. Glazer died in May at age 85.

PAGE RETURNING: A day after Smith said he wanted to see more from the return game, the Bucs made a roster move in that direction by signing team returner/WR Eric Page to the practice squad.

Page averaged 24.9 yards over his 22 kickoff returns and 10.9 yards on 23 punt returns for the Bucs last season.

The team cut him during preseason, and Solomon Patton, an undrafted rookie out of Florida, has handled those duties this season.

The Bucs released TE Taylor Sloat from the practice squad to make room for Page.

INJURY UPDATE: LB Jonathan Casillas said he was scheduled for an MRI on his injured hamstring Tuesday and that he's already feeling better since sustaining the injury Sunday.

Times staff writer Greg Auman contributed to this report. Contact Matt Baker at mbaker@tampabay.com. Follow @MBakerTBTimes.

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