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Report: Bucs to be fined for illegal calls

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be fined by the National Football League for having contact with players during the lockout, CBS Sports reported Sunday.

Bucs officials acknowledged Sunday that there had been discussions with the league office about seven instances in which coach Raheem Morris talked to players when it was forbidden. The team officials said the conversations were short and several were less than a minute. One of those calls was to tight end Kellen Winslow to congratulate him on the birth of a child.

The Bucs said they have not been told by the league that there will be a fine. CBS' report did not specify how much the fine is for.

Pat Yasinskas covers the NFC South for ESPN.com.