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Bucs' Penn regrets tweets defending weight

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TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pro Bowl left tackle Donald Penn said he and head coach Greg Schiano had disagreements last season about what his playing weight should be. But Penn made it clear he's in the best shape he's been in a while, and Schiano said weight hasn't been an issue in the past year.

"He's done everything we've asked," Schiano said.

The topic of Penn's weight came up only because he responded on Twitter over Memorial Day weekend to something written on PewterReport.com. The web site suggested Penn might be on the hot seat in 2013 because the Bucs have grown tired of him failing to meet weight clauses in his contract last season.

Penn regretted the way he lashed out on Twitter, using a few expletives, but admitted such inaccurate reports "kind of stabbed me in the stomach."

"I've been working hard this year, working hard this offseason," Penn said. "Me and Schiano had a lot of talks last year about where he wanted my weight because we had a disagreement on where he wanted it, and where I thought I should be.

"And at the end of the day, that's a battle I'm not going to win. I bought in and have done everything they've asked me to. I've done everything (General Manager) Mark (Dominik) has asked me to do since they've been here, starting last year. For that to come out after I've been doing everything that I've done, it really kind of stabbed me in the stomach, because it made me feel bad like, where did that come from? I know it didn't come from the Bucs, cause all I've been getting was praise.

"I came back on April 15 in my football weight. I haven't done that, coming in April 15 for a while. I usually get down to it. For that stupid report to come out, it's just I guess they've got nothing else to talk about."
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