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Bucs conclude first full week of training camp with a Sunday skirmish or two

Trash talk and shoves surface at the 10th practice of training camp.
Bucs defensive tackle Mike Greene (71), left, blocks defensive lineman Patrick O’Connor (79) during a recent training-camp workout. Camp physicality spilled over into a shoving match or two at Sunday's practice.
Bucs defensive tackle Mike Greene (71), left, blocks defensive lineman Patrick O’Connor (79) during a recent training-camp workout. Camp physicality spilled over into a shoving match or two at Sunday's practice. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]
Published Aug. 7|Updated Aug. 7

TAMPA — The tattered football truism of teams getting tired of hitting on each other manifested itself Sunday morning at the Bucs’ 10th practice of their broiling 2022 training camp.

Among the series of small skirimishes that broke out before another standing-room-only throng of several hundred fans: second-year inside linebacker K.J. Britt trading shoves with rookie guard Luke Goedeke, and defensive tackle Rakeem Nunez-Roches appearing to throw a jab at offensive lineman Nick Leverett.

Toss in a “live” red-zone period with full-throttle contact at the end, and Sunday’s 2-1/2-hour workout may have been the fiercest — and most chippy — of training camp to date.

“I just think that a lot of people are talking crap, which makes practice fun,” said assistant head coach Harold Goodwin, whose team hosts the Dolphins in a pair of joint workouts Wednesday and Thursday.

“It will be good to get Miami in here in the next couple of days, but that’s training camp. There’s always going to be a squabble here or there, but that’s just part of it. As long as we don’t take it too far and make it personal, we’re fine.”

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Receiver Scotty Miller acknowledged the prevalence of trash talk, as well as the amped intensity during the live red-zone period, which included rookie tailback Rachaad White powering in for a pair of scoring runs and Tom Brady connecting with Tyler Johnson in the back of the end zone.

“Getting a little chippy, but yeah, like you said, perfect time,” Miller said. “Dolphins are about to come in next week, got a preseason game. So, I mean, it’s time to roll.”

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