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Schiano pleased with 'tough' day at camp

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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 10:45 PM
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A 64-yard touchdown by tight end Dallas Clark during a two-minute drill and a smash-mouth takedown by cornerback Myron Lewis that may have been the hit of the camp so far highlighted Friday's workout at One Buc Place.

"Today was without a doubt the toughest day, physically, since we've been here," said Bucs coach Greg Schiano, who was speaking more of the taxing heat than the pop Lewis laid on running back De'Anthony Curtis.

"That flag (with the Bucs' logo) didn't move a heck of a lot today."

At least one player, Pro Bowl left guard Carl Nicks, succumbed to the heat. He left the workout early a feeling a little "woozy," according to Schiano, who continued to rest several players nursing nagging injuries.

Safety Mark Barron was limited for a second straight day by a toe injury, cornerback Eric Wright missed most of practice with a sore back, defensive end Michael Bennnett sat out again and defensive tackle Amobi Okoye was limited.

Cornerback Ronde Barber also spent most of the day watching from the sidelines. Barber was rested for a good part of Thursday's workout as well, but he said he is just resting and not nursing an injury.

The bulk of the practice was spent working on situational football. The Bucs focused specifically again on four-minute and two-minute offensive and defensive situations.

It was during one of those that quarterback Josh Freeman, with end Adrian Clayborn bearing down on him, dumped a ball off to Clark, who made a quick move and scooted the rest of the way for the 64-yard score.

Lewis' big hit came a day after he turned in one of his more impressive camp workouts, one in which he had an interception in the end zone and knocked down several other balls in 11-on-11 work.

"You love it because you love hitting," Schiano said of the hit that knocked the wind out of Curtis. "But we just got to protect each other. It is a long year. I would rather see that one against Miami (in the preseason opener) rather than us.

"Overall, though, it was a good day. I was really proud the way they fought through it. It wasn't pretty, but we fought through it.

"That is about as tough as I have seen in a while. So that's good."

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