The Bucs are not forgetting Brenson Buckner's claim in training camp that the Panthers' defensive line is better than Tampa Bay's. Buckner went further than that, saying Kris Jenkins is better than Warren Sapp.
what? One man told me something," said Sapp. "You don't talk about things
outside your pay grade or your play grade. I don't think Brenson Buckner has any
pineapple in his diet."
When asked what he meant by the
pineapple reference, Sapp replied, "Ya'll don't take Pro Bowl players up there
too often. The finest pineapple in the world comes from Hawaii, doesn't it?
That's what I mean by pineapple in your diet."
also has been a sore spot with several of Sapp's teammates. "Good defense, yeah,
but I think they're blowing a little too much smoke up their own butt right
now," said Bucs tackle Kenyatta Walker.
Even normally composed
safety John Lynch had a stinging rebuttal to Buckner. "Well see. We do our
talking with our pads and what we laid down on film speaks for itself," said
Lynch. "There are a lot of people in this league that have diarrhea of the
mouth. I guess that's the case up there."
--FB Darian Barnes,
who was questionable with a knee sprain, returned to practice and is expected to
play in Sunday's home opener against the Panthers.
--DT Ellis Wyms, who has not played in three weeks due to a sprained ankle, practiced
Thursday and should be active for Sunday's game.
--QB Brad Johnson has thrown multiple touchdown passes in eight of his last 10
--RB Mike Pittman has a bruised right shoulder but
practiced Thursday and will start against the Panthers.
Martin Gramatica has no interest in continuing his feud with Carolina punter
Todd Sauerbrun. "There's nothing to say except I have a ring and he doesn't."
Thursday night Buccaneers
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