Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano wants a team of fighters -- but defensive tackle Brian Price and safety Mark Barron took the charge literally when they brawled in a team meeting room during offseason team workouts in June.
"What happens inside our meetings and that stuff, I like to keep amongst the team," said Schiano. "Somehow it got out. I'm not thrilled about that, but I'd rather keep that inside."
Price and Barron haven't crossed paths since the fight, which Schiano confirmed for the first time Thursday. When they report to training camp July 27 -- Barron, Tampa Bay's first-round pick, remained unsigned as other rookies reported to camp this week -- Schiano expects most of his roster to be healthy and happy.
"We all make mistakes," Schiano said. "Be men about it and let's go. ... We have to put our own personal preferences and whatever disagreements we have aside to what's best for the club."
Price was hospitalized for exhaustion following the death of his 33-year-old sister, the third sibling he's lost. Two of Price's prices were shot in gang-related incidents when Price was in high school.
Barron was the seventh overall pick in the draft and projected as a starter at strong safety. Schiano said his job isn't yet in jeopardy but he did not Barron is missing a lot of practice for a rookie "we're counting on."
--Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt was arrested at Fort Campbell military base for driving under the influence according to Nashville radio station.
Britt's latest arrest was first reported by 104.5 The Zone in Nashville.
Fort Campbell is an Army base between Kentucky and Tennessee. The report indicates Britt and a teammate, Tommie Campbell, were coming back to the base with a female soldier when the vehicle was stopped by guards at the entrance gate.
Britt is recovering from reconstructive right knee surgery and had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee recently.
He's had multiple legal entanglements since entering the NFL and, if charged in the latest alleged incident, is subject to discipline under the league's personal conduct policy.
--Safety Ed Reed was back with the Ravens on Thursday, another strong signal that he'd be on the field with Baltimore this season despite continued cryptic messages that he would consider skipping camp and possibly part of the season.
Reed took part in a workout at team headquarters that was recorded by the Ravens and posted on the team's official website. He did not participate in offseason workouts with the team.
Reed, 34, is entering the final year of his contract. This offseason alone, he's said football was no longer a priority -- and a month later said he could see himself playing three or four more years.
--Assault charges were scheduled to be filed on Friday against Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, NFL.com reported.
Captain Ron Smith of the DeSoto, Texas, police department told NFL.com that the charges will be Class A misdemeanor charges for assault causing bodily injury and family violence.
The charges resulted from a Saturday incident when his mother, Angela Bryant, called 911 and said that her son had assaulted her. She told police that during an argument her son, he grabbed her by the shirt and hit her in the face with a ball cap.
After charges are filed, the Dallas County district attorney's office will review the charges.
--Defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin signed a one-year deal with the Chargers, who continue to tinker with their defensive line after releasing Luis Castillo on Thursday.
A 10-year veteran who has excelled as a run-blocker primarily in 3-4 schemes, Franklin spent last season with the Saints and started nine games. Franklin was a fifth-round pick by Baltimore in 2003 and spent four seasons with the Ravens before signing with the 49ers.
Franklin was one of the few remaining unsigned big names on the market, which didn't produce many large contracts for interior defenders this offseason. A deep group of interior defensive linemen in the draft also helped fill the needs of many teams.
"(The market) just hasn't been there at all," Franklin told The Sports Xchange's Len Pasquarelli back in April. "The reason? I don't know, honestly. ... But it's definitely slow."
It took him another three months to find work with San Diego.
He started 60 games in San Francisco 2007-2010, mostly as a 3-4 nose tackle, yet was forced to take just a one-year deal from the Saints in 2011.
With the Chargers, he returns to a 3-4 team as a nose tackle. San Diego now has six defensive tackles on the roster, including starter Antonio Garay, 2010 draft pick Cam Thomas and a relatively inexperienced group in Garrett Brown, Eddie Brown and Charlie Bryant.
--Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch released a statement through the team, apologizing for his recent arrest on DUI charges, the Seattle Times reported.
The statement read, "I want to apologize to my family, the Seattle Seahawks, the NFL and the 12th Man for the negative attention resulting from my recent actions. This is not the type of community leader I have been over the last two years or the one I'm striving to become. I want to assure everyone that I will work to be better and look forward to a very exciting, and very successful season with the Seattle Seahawks."
Lynch was arrested early on Saturday morning in Oakland, Calif., and charges were filed against him on Wednesday.
His arraignment is scheduled for Aug. 14.
It is possible he could be suspended by the NFL for the arrest.
--Detroit Lions defensive lineman Corey Williams appeared in court in Monticello, Ark., this week facing a charge of driving while intoxicated in an incident that occurred last year, according to the Monticello Daily News.
Late on the evening of June 18, 2011, Williams was stopped by an Arkansas State Trooper for crossing the center line, according to the report.
He failed the field sobriety test at the scene and was arrested. Williams reportedly blew a .10 on the BAC test, with .08 being the legal limit.
Williams attorney, Rickey Hicks, filed a motion to suppress the traffic stop and subsequent charges, claiming Williams was racially profiled, and that he did not cross the center line
"Corey did not report this incident to us when it happened due to the prohibition of contact during last year's work stoppage," the Detroit Lions said in a statement. "We are aware of today's reports. We are in process of gathering more info and will have further comment when appropriate."
Williams started 15 games for the Lions last season and had two sacks.
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