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Ronde Barber gets a day off from Bucs training camp

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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 10:38 PM
TAMPA -

When you've been in the league for 16 years and have played in five Pro Bowls the way Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Ronde Barber has, you're afforded a few privileges now and then.

Barber was given one of those privileges Thursday when he was more or less given the day off from practice.

"I just want to make sure we're smart with him,'' Bucs coach Greg Schiano said of Barber. "He's knows his body and I rely a lot on his feedback. But as you can see even when he's not practicing he's almost out there on the field anyway. He's still working at it. He's a true pro.''

Barber insisted he was just being generous with his teammates.

"I wouldn't call it a maintenance day," the 37-year-old Barber said. "I was just letting everybody else get some work in."

Barber was one of several players who sat out all or part of the workout. Rookie safety Mark Barron was limited because of a toe injury, defensive tackle Amobi Okoye was limited by his right knee and defensive end Michael Bennett sat out with an undisclosed ailment.

"He just didn't feel well,'' Schiano said of Bennett, who left practice early on Wednesday and simply watched from the sidelines on Thursday. "I think (Barron) will be fine and Amobi just needed a couple days (off) after going in it for a few days.''

Okoye had athroscopic surgery on his right knee near the end of the offseason. He has been working out regularly but he spent parts of Thursday's practice working out on his own and part doing individual drills.

The Bucs spent a good portion of Thursday's practice working on their red zone offense and late-game situations. Among the standouts was cornerback Myron Lewis, who made several pass breakups and an interception in the red zone drills.

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