Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 8/2/12

TAMPA, FL - MAY 01: Defensive tackle Brian Price #92 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers stretches during the Buccaneers Rookie mini camp at One Buccaneer Place on May 1, 2010 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

It's been a rough start for new defensive tackle Brian Price. After getting traded to the Bears last week from Tampa, Price has yet to really wow anyone at camp. Price suffered through notable growing pains during his first practice with the team but he made no excuses for it when asked about it after.

“Ain’t no asterisks next to your name when you’re out there on the field. I’m a competitor. I’m always hard on myself. So I know I didn’t do that good. I’ve just got to come back with a vengeance.”

Edwin Williams was able to contain and neutralize Price on consecutive plays during one-on-one drills and Price's full team practice didn't go over much better either. 

This is to be expected however, and even head coach Lovie Smith said as much earlier today. Price failed a conditioning test in Tampa — albeit a torturous one that involved 16 100 yard wind sprints with 45 second breaks in between. He also had a physical fight with Bucs rookie Mark Barron but it's the failed conditioning test that should explain the poor start. 

Price also tore some scar tissue during his fourth sprint. 

This may be why the Bears sprinkled in Price's workouts rather than have him go full speed out of the gate. It's also a new system in Chicago which is a common crutch players tend to fall on when they struggle. 

The initial hiccup by Price is just that — a hiccup. If it develops into a bigger problem, that bridge will be crossed then. But for now the hope is that Price will settle down and settle in with this defensive line and leave his initial struggles in Bourbonnias. 

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