Bucs try to gain dome field advantage

The Bucs practice under the dome of Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg Wednesday afternoon. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
The Bucs practice under the dome of Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg Wednesday afternoon. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
Published Oct. 2, 2014

ST. PETERSBURG — The Bucs practiced at Tropicana Field on Wednesday afternoon — and will do so again today — to avoid wet practice fields at One Buc Place and get a feel for the turf they'll play on Sunday at New Orleans.

"Our fields are drenched," coach Lovie Smith said after his team worked out in the outfield at the Rays' ballpark. "It is a different feel inside, catching the ball, looking in the lights, change of directions, all those things."

The Bucs last practiced at the Trop in September 2011 under Raheem Morris, when high temperatures sent the team indoors after dehydration issues in an especially hot home game against Detroit.

The change of venue could also help the Bucs prepare for the noisy Superdome.

"I don't know exactly what's expected, if there's going to be four marching bands or things like that going on ..." quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo said before practice, which didn't feature any live music during the 30-minute window open to reporters. "You're not going to create New Orleans today, but you're going to get close."

At least four Bucs had played at the Trop: DT Clinton McDonald and LS Andrew DePaola in college bowl games, and DE William Gholston and WR Solomon Patton in high school at the Under Armour All-America Game.

INJURY UPDATES: QB Josh McCown (thumb) continues to progress but isn't ready to throw a football. He tore a ligament in his right thumb Sept. 18 at Atlanta and hasn't practiced since. McCown is hoping to heal without surgery, and the Bucs won't update his status until Friday. Mike Glennon will start if McCown isn't healthy.

LB Mason Foster (shoulder) returned to practice but was limited after missing the last two games. He hasn't ruled out playing Sunday.

S Dashon Goldson (ankle), WR Mike Evans (groin), DE Larry English (hamstring), TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (ankle) and DE Michael Johnson (ankle) also didn't practice.

RUN GAME: A run game that Smith called hot and cold has a chance to heat up against a Saints defense that surrendered 190 rushing yards in Sunday's 38-17 loss to Dallas. The Bucs rushed for 157 yards against the Rams in Week 2 but have managed 127 total in the past two games. G Logan Mankins said the offensive line has been inconsistent, but Arroyo said backs have had plenty of holes and need to keep improving. "It's got to be something where this is what we're going to do," Arroyo said. "We're going to get off the bus doing it, and we're going to do it right. We're confident that's going to happen."

LANSANAH GOES VIRAL: LB Danny Lansanah got plenty of attention online and in his own locker room after knocking down Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell's hand Sunday as Bell signaled to celebrate a first down. "We watched it on film and everybody was laughing about it," said Lansanah, who called it a natural reaction as Bell walked by. "They were telling me how it went viral on Twitter and everything. It was a good joke."

THIS AND THAT: The Bucs added TE Taylor Sloat, an undrafted free agent out of California-Davis, to the practice squad.

Times staff writer Rick Stroud contributed to this report.