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Inclement Weather Cuts First Practice of Training Camp Short for Tampa Bay Buccaneers

July 25th, 2014 at 11:13 PM
By Michael Compton

Following months of anticipation, the first practice of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ training camp was cut short at One Buc Place July 25 due to lightning and thunder storms that rolled through the area late in the afternoon.

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Not even 10 minutes into the first round of drills, which began at 4:30 p.m., horns sounded, signaling lightning in the area and sending the team inside. Nearly two hours later, players and coaches returned to the practice field to a round of applause from welcoming fans. The rains came again 40 minutes into the second session, halting practice for the day.

"That's not an ideal first day for us," head coach Lovie Smith told the Tampa Bay Times. "When we play Carolina, we could get a rain delay. You have to be able to go in and then come back out.

"You don't change what you've been doing based on one day,” Smith added. “That's why getting too upset right now, that's just not going to happen.”

Despite the lengthy delay, Smith was encouraged that a large number of fans stuck around for the first practice.

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"The fans have been great. Eventually they'll get the chance to see their team practice for a full (session)."

The Bucs are expected to practice in pads for full-contact drills beginning Sunday.

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