TAMPA, Fla. Gray skies and a refreshing summer shower greeted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as they walked off the practice field Wednesday morning following another grueling training camp workout.
It was a welcome relief from the stifling heat and humidity. And it had to feel especially good to cornerback Aqib Talib considering the heat of a different sort hed faced for more than a year, with the dark legal cloud hovering over his head.
Last month, prosecutors in Texas decided to drop a felony weapons charge against Talib, stemming from a domestic dispute involving his sister and her boyfriend in March 2011. That effectively ended ongoing speculation about the fate of Tampa Bays standout yet often-embattled defensive back, who had previously been in trouble with the law in 2009 over charges he punched a St. Petersburg cab driver, a situation that resulted in a settlement and one-game suspension.
The end of his Texas woes removed the possibility of a suspension by Commissioner Roge...