The Buccaneers Go Camping

July 29 – After a busy offseason, the Buccaneers reported to training camp today for the start of the 2001 season. Here is your BucMag.com report on the Pewter Pirates on the eve of their first training camp practice of the 2001 season.

All of the offseason activity over at One Buccaneer Place kept the 2001 offseason interesting, but today marked the start of training camp for the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay reported to the University of Tampa today and will have their first practice at Pepin-Rood Stadium tomorrow morning from 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. ET.

Although players were supposed to report today, two of them did not. Running back Rabih Abdullah did not show up to UT today, but was excused for family reasons by head coach Tony Dungy.

The other no-show to UT today was a surprising one. Pro Bowl LB Derrick Brooks failed to report to training camp today and his absence was not excused. Although Brooks is under contract for two more seasons, he has decided to hold out while he and Tampa Bay talk about renegotiating his contract.

On the injury front, WR Reidel Anthony and QB Brad Johnson are the only two players expected not to participate in tomorrow's workouts, but the team will be keeping an on a few others.

Rookie FB Jameel Cook injured his hamstring in voluntary workouts and will be monitored closely. Rookie G Russ Hochstein is recovering from a Jones' fracture and will also be monitored closely.

In other news, DT Warren Sapp appears to have slimmed down some more from the last time we saw him at mini-camp. Sapp has slimmed down to 294 pounds.

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