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Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Bucs expect to have Talib for full season

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Although there’s still the possibility that Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib could be suspended by the league, coach Raheem Morris doesn’t sound like he’s expecting it anytime soon.

Talib was charged with aggravated assault after an incident that involved a gun in Texas in March. His trial is scheduled for next March. Talib said he has explained his side of what happened to Morris and the coach is standing by him.

Talib reported to camp and has been going about preparing for the season as usual.

"I know he's got to go through a whole bunch of legal stuff,'' Morris said, “But I don't think anything will happen as far as the league. They usually wait to pass judgment until something happens legally first. Aqib's ready to go. Aqib's ready to play.''

That sometimes is true and the league could wait until after the trial to make a decision. But, technically, the league doesn’t have to wait because he has been suspended before and the league can take action if commissioner Roger Goodell believes a player has stepped out of line.

The Bucs are preparing like they’ll have Talib for the season. With each passing day, that becomes more likely. Goodell was tied up for months with the labor situation and has been dealing with the aftermath. But the league usually likes to give teams ample notice about suspensions before the season. I’m guessing if the league doesn’t act in the next 10 days or so, Talib won’t face a suspension this season.