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Bucs' Black will play against Chargers despite drug citation

TAMPA - Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Ahmad Black, cited by Tampa police last week for marijuana possession, will play Sunday against the San Diego Chargers. Bucs coach Greg Schiano said he discussed the incident with Black, a fifth-round pick in the 2011 draft who had a key late interception at Oakland last week to seal Tampa Bay's 42-32 triumph. "I get it, I'm frustrated,'' Schiano said of the latest off-field distraction. "At the same time, you need to handle every situation independently and I talked to our team about it. I really believe they understand, but yet, we had another mistake and we have to get it remedied. "I've taken internal action that will stay internal, and now the league still has to decide what they're going to do, and the courts have to decide. He will play Sunday.''
Black addressed the incident briefly Wednesday before soliciting questions about Sunday's matchup. "It's pending right now,'' said Black, who turns 23 next month. "The full story will come out later on. I'm sorry to disappoint my teammates and be a distraction right now, but everything will take care of itself. "(Schiano) did address the team and told us a few do's and don'ts. Me and Coach had a private discussion between the two of us. That stays between me and him.'' Black was a standout defensive back at the University of Florida after playing at Lakeland High. He has been given a notice to appear for arraignment Dec. 3 and could face sanctions from the NFL for violating the league's personal conduct policy.
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